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01-30-2012, 07:49 PM
Anyone seen this new for this year:

The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MA DMF) in conjunction with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) announces a new electronic angler logbook (eLogbook) for recreational anglers willing to provide data useful for management of marine fishes in Massachusetts. The eLogbook is a web database designed for recreational anglers to enter daily trip information on general location, gear used, and sizes of fish species that are harvested or released. Participating anglers can access and summarize their fishing data in tabular or graphical forms at anytime which is useful for tracking fishing successes.

Why is MA DMF interested in your fish? The Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), the primary federal program designed to collect information of recreational fisheries throughout the United States , neglects to measure specific aspects of fisheries required for more effective management in Massachusetts waters. Currently we lack sufficient information on sizes of fishes that are harvested or released, and information on important recreational fishing areas in state waters. These data are needed to improve stock assessments of marine species and to help protect important fishing grounds.

Welcome to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries VOLUNTARY on-line angler logbook. To receive help for each data field, click on the field label. For any questions, comments, or problems, please contact MADMF at 978-282-0308X130 or email

01-30-2012, 10:33 PM
Although a pain, I'd fill it out. Proves you want these fish. Also the locations they're caught are important as they are proposing closed areas base on vessel trip reports and their idea that " well nobody fishes in THAT area anyways"
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01-30-2012, 11:10 PM
Also, the data from trips where nothing is caught will be just as valuable as the successful ones.