It’s the middle of May in Maine, which means local anglers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of striped bass in our coastal waters. Stripers provide a popular recreational fishery in Maine, supporting local charter captains, bait and tackle shops, and other coastal industries.
For years, we’ve partnered with the Maine chapter of The Coastal Conservation Association to engage the recreational fishing community in a citizen science initiative called Snap-a-Striper.
The program is a data collection effort that aims to compile photos of live-released and legally kept striped bass caught in Maine waters. We’re also asking anglers to save and freeze the heads of legally harvested fish for further analysis in the lab.
A new video below provides instructions on how to participate, and it also shows these powerful gamefish in action.
For the first time this summer, we’re also partnering with All Points Fly Shop to collect data during their striper fishing tournament. Think you have what it takes to come out on top? Enter by May 25 to participate and help us with this important citizen science project!
Not an angler yourself? You can still help us understand this important recreational fishery! Send this page to your favorite striped bass enthusiast and help us add more wading boots on the ground.