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NJ Volunteer Angler Survey Frequently Asked Questions

 

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is aware many concerned sportsmen and women have questions about recreational outdoor opportunities during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors are easily circulated within communities during a crisis and therefore, we want to provide an accurate answer to questions many may have.

The Bureau of Marine Fisheries conducts the Volunteer Angler Survey to collect information on certain recreationally important marine finfish species. Below are FAQs pertaining to the survey:

Q1. How can I report my catch and or harvest?
A. Anglers can Report Online, or Print a log sheet (pdf, 115kb) and then either mail or e-mail us (see footnote on log sheet for address and e-mail address). Our log form will be updated from time to time, so please check to make sure you are using the most recent version.

Q2. How do I complete a paper log form?
A. Information should be entered in all applicable fields. See the examples below: Example of a completed log sheet where no fish were caught (pdf, 85kb) Example of a completed log sheet where catch is one or more (pdf, 190kb)

Q3. Should I report Striped Bass bonus fish on this log?
A. No - please report bonus fish using the Online Striped Bass Logbook until we combine all reporting into one form.

Q4. What is the status of the Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP)?
A. The 2021 SBBP is scheduled to open May 15. Due to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, the opening of the SBBP may be delayed. Applications are not currently being accepted. To receive updated SBBP information when it becomes available, please sign up for the "Marine Fisheries" email list or visit the SBBP webpage.

Q5: How will National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) develop Marine Recreational Informational Program (MRIP) estimates?
A: Our understanding is that NMFS staff are in discussions on methodologies, and we will relay information to the angling public as we learn more.

Q6. If I am fishing with one or more individuals, how can I be sure we won't double report each other's data?
A. Though we have data auditing procedures in place, please communicate with each other about your intentions to report data (whether your own, or for the group), to prevent duplicate reporting of data.

For questions or assistance please e-mail marine_survey@dep.nj.gov.

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Last Updated: March 11, 2021