The SAFMC is excited to announce the launch of its first Citizen Science project, SAFMC Scamp Release! Collecting more information on released fish is a priority research need for the Council. As a pilot, this project will work to help fill this research need by developing a mobile app and recruiting fishermen from all sectors to collect information on released scamp grouper. Fishermen will use a mobile app, SAFMC Release, to collect data on length, depth, and location of released scamp, as well as information on release treatment. Data collected will be considered for use in the upcoming scamp stock assessment and for the future management of scamp.
We’re currently looking for commercial, for-hire, and recreational fishermen to participate in this project!
To join the project, contact Julia Byrd (firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-302-8439) or fill out this ONLINE FORM to set up an account and download the free mobile app!
DOWNLOAD the App - SAFMC Release
The project uses a mobile app to collect information on released (discarded) fish. As a pilot, the application will focus on collecting specific data on scamp, including details on released fish and fish condition. This data could help inform the scamp SEDAR stock assessment planned for 2019/2020.
Release (discard) length information on scamp grouper
- Improving information on released fish and the practices associated with releasing fish are commonly identified as assessment research needs.
- Information on released fish is a priority research need for the South Atlantic Council.
- Scamp grouper will be undergoing a stock assessment in 2019/2020.
- Lengths of released scamp are not available and would be useful in the stock assessment.
Data Collection Tools
- Fishermen will use a mobile application called SAFMC Release to collect data on the length, depth, and location of released scamp grouper, as well as release treatment.
It’s an opportunity to get directly involved in data collection in the South Atlantic!
Numbers of released fish are increasing in many South Atlantic fisheries. Improving information on released fish is a priority research need for the Council and a commonly identified assessment research need. There is limited information available on released scamp grouper from the commercial, for-hire, and recreational sectors.
Scamp will be undergoing a stock assessment in 2019/2020. Having information to characterize the lengths of released scamp would be useful in the upcoming stock assessment and for the future management of scamp. Additionally, information on depth of released fish and release treatments could also help refine mortality estimates.
The SAFMC Release app provides a tool for commercial, for-hire, and recreational fishermen to collect data on released scamp. We need help from fishermen like you to help fill this critical data need!
Learn about best fishing practices for releasing fish: https://safmc.net/best-fishing-practices/.
We’re looking for commercial, for-hire, and recreational fishermen to participate in the SAFMC Scamp Release project. Follow the steps below to get started!
- Contact Julia Byrd (email@example.com or 843-302-8439) or fill out this online form to set up an account for the mobile app, SAFMC Release. Once an account is set up, you will be emailed information to log into the app.
- Download the free mobile app from the Apple App store or Google play store.
- Watch the Demonstration Videos!
- Go fishing and start collecting data!
Please click the link below for a demonstration of the SAFMC Release mobile app features and functions. This video shows how to start an entry on a released Scamp Grouper by manually entering data.
Please click the link below for a video on how to submit a No Release Report when you go bottom fishing but do not release a Scamp Grouper.
Please click the link below for a video on how to start an entry on a released Scamp Grouper by selecting a photo from your phone's photo gallery.
Please click the link below for a video on how to start an entry on a released Scamp Grouper by taking a photo with your phone's camera.
- Check out this guide for a quick overview of how to use the app!
- Print this form to help record information on released scamp while you are out fishing. Data can then be entered into the SAFMC Release using your individual account.
Data Collection Tips
- Lengths of released fish will be one of the most useful pieces of information collected through the SAFMC Release app for the upcoming stock assessment. Please try to record length information on all released scamp!
- Please record fork length NOT total length. Length should be measured to the nearest inch.
- Photos are an important part of the data collection process. Try to capture the whole fish from snout to tail in the photo. It can also be is helpful to have a fish on a measuring board or beside something of standard length (e.g. soda can) in the photos to help confirm reported lengths. If you don't have your phone ready to take a picture, it is better to release the fish quickly than to keep it on the deck of the boat while you get your camera ready.
- If you don't release a scamp on a fishing trip, it is helpful to let us know by submitting a 'No Release' report in the SAFMC Release app.
- If you are offshore and out of cell range you will still be able to record and save data in the SAFMC Release app. Just remember to upload your data when you're back in cell range.
- If you would like to help collect data but don't have access to a smartphone, you can use the printable form. Please contact Julia Byrd (firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-302-8439) for more information.
Best Fishing Practices
- Learn more about best fishing practices for releasing fish: https://safmc.net/best-fishing-practices/
Learn more about scamp and why it was chosen for this pilot project at the following story map:
Trip & Location Information
When described or presented in public settings, trip and fishing location information will be combined with that of other users. A user will only be able to view their personal catch information.
Individual information will be shared with science and management agencies, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, Councils, and state agencies to enable the data to be considered for use in science and management decisions.
A planning and design team comprised of fishermen and representatives from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NC Sea Grant, Harbor Light software, Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program, Citizen Science Association, Cornell University, and SAFMC staff met to map out the initial mobile app design and layout. Additionally, the Citizen Science Action Teams developed supporting materials for the project.
The SAFMC Scamp Release Project would not be possible without the volunteer fishermen collecting data.
Julia Byrd, Citizen Science Program Manager