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Help Wanted – Angler Action Program

Anglers Needed Now for Snook Census

Written by James Schulz

The Snook Foundation has immediate openings all over Florida and Texas for the Angler Action Plan Implementation Team.

Individuals will be charged with assisting the Florida Wildlife Commission and Texas Parks and Wildlife in recording and maintaining an accurate count of snook in waters of those states.

Translation: Go fishing, keep track of your fish, (and their lengths whenever possible), and record them on an easy-to-use computer form.

Qualifications:  Must live (or fish on a regular basis) in either Texas or Florida.  Must have caught a snook at some point in your fishing career.  If you haven’t ever caught a snook, you have to at least want to try to catch one sometime in the near future.

Compensation: Great Snook Fishing, now and in the future!

Duties & Responsibilities: Applicant must be prepared to go fishing for and report catches of snook of all sizes. Simple record-keeping skills are required.

Must be able to use a pencil and a ruler, then transfer data about your catch to a computer form that will be supplied.

Basically use the same information you’re going to use to update your Facebook page.

Equipment Needed: Fishing rod.  Live bait, lures, flies…anything that will catch asnook legally.  Stout line and a reel would be helpful, too, come to think of it.

Forms for on-the-water recording of numbers of snook caught and their length/locations are provided.

Applications: Being accepted now.  Please register at SnookFoundation.org or call 407 302 -5550.

FAQ: Do I need a boat?  No. You can catch a snook from a bridge, a beach, a kayak, a raft, or a boat if you happen to have one.

Does it need to be a snook?

Yes. At least, to begin with, snook is the featured species in this study.  Can I bring a friend?  Please do.  The more anglers, the better the results for this study.

Training sessions and required equipment will be provided to people who meet the qualifications above.

See below for more info and scheduled training.

Tune in on Friday evening or Saturday morning as SF Chairman, Brett Fitzgerald joins Henry of Snook Nook Bait & Tackle for a live broadcast that will cover many of the facts about the Angler Action Program, Snook Fishing, and what’s happening inshore and offshore Florida’s Atlantic Coast

Would you like to lead your club or group in a Snook count program?  Drop an email to brett@snookfoundation.org and plan to visit and train with Snook Foundation AAP leaders at one of these upcoming events.

Data collected by anglers will contribute to sound, science-based fishery management decisions.

An easy-to-use form can be completed by anglers while fishing and then transcribed directly onto the internet, and meetings are scheduled for those who prefer direct instruction and more hands-on experience (including fishing!)

“With the threat of longstanding fishing closures, the time has come for recreational anglers at large to stop being viewed as the problem,” says Rick Roberts, Executive Director of the Snook Foundation.

“The watchword is ‘overfishing.’ Anglers fish, so they are incorrectly seen as the problem.”

By collecting usable information about directed fishing trips, this program will allow anglers the opportunity to play a part in conserving our valuable fisheries and habitat.

It also ensures that the data utilized to evaluate stocks of fish includes direct angler input.

The Snook Foundation designed the online logbook program with Florida Fish and Wildlife Institute and TPWD Coastal Fisheries Division input and closely tracks the information biologists ask in face-to-face surveys.

The web application currently is paid for by donations to the Snook Foundation.

We want angler reports of numbers of snook caught, kept, released, with the option of providing more detailed information about the lengths and locations of each snook captured, kept or released.

“The form takes 2-3 minutes to fill out, maybe even less after an angler has used it a couple of times,” said Roberts.

“We’re excited about the prospect of giving recreational anglers a tool to contribute meaningful information about what are, after all, their fisheries.”

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