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Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program

technician holding a big bass
A DEC technician
returns a striped bass
to the Atlantic Ocean.
Photo by John Waldman.

New York State would like your help.


Here's a chance for recreational anglers to participate in a fishery research project on its most important level, that of data collection for the DEC Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program (SBCA).


New York State is required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, an interstate cooperative fishery management agency, to supplement the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) with additional information from our recreational fishery. We satisfy this requirement with the help of New York State volunteer recreational anglers. We provide volunteer anglers logbooks and small envelopes and they send us information about their fishing trips and scale samples. The scale samples are used to determine the age of the fish and create age-at-length keys. The logbook information helps us determine catch per unit effort (CPUE) or fishing success for New York waters. All this information is used to help determine striped bass populations and help in forming management measures for striped bass along the Atlantic coast. At the end of the year all the fishery data we collect are analyzed and presented in an annual report. The report describes any trends and the quality of striped bass fishing for the year and compares it to previous years. You can look at our most recent report and get an idea of what is done with the samples provided by the volunteer anglers by opening the PDF file in the Important Links column to the right.

Perhaps you would like to participated in the SBCA Program. When you join the program you will receive a logbook, scale envelopes and instructions on how to collect scales and what information to collect. At the end of the year you send us the information which will be entered in our database. Your logbook will be returned to you for you to keep for your own records. We also need information from catch and release fishing; therefore you can participate in this program year round. When collecting scales, please collect them from any size fish you may catch. You do not have to worry about the fish, the scales will grow back.

If you would like to participate in the Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program, please contact our office at (631) 444-0488 and ask for the SBCA program coordinator. Or you can e-mail us at the Bureau of Marine Resources (fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us).

Electronic Fishing Logbook (eLogbook)

New York State recreational anglers can now report their catch in a voluntary online angler logbook, called eLogbook. Anglers can document their fishing activities, compile their fishing data and plan more effective fishing trips. They will also be contributing needed fishing data to researchers and resource managers by sharing what they catch, the sizes of their catch, and where and when they fish. Recreational angling information can be used by DEC and other coastal resource agencies to assess catch levels, estimate discards, and measure fishing effort. If you wish to use this online logbook, please register and log on online at the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) web site. Check the DEC ACCSP and Electronic Reporting web page for more information.

Happy fishing!