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Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program

DEC staff tagging a Striped bass in Long Island Sound
DEC staff tagging a Striped bass in Long Island Sound

New York State would like your help!

Do you want to have a more active role in the conservation and management of striped bass? By joining the NYS DEC Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program (SBCA), you can take part in an effort to help manage and maintain a healthy striped bass population.

New York State is required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) - an interstate cooperative fishery management agency - to supplement the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) 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 with logbooks to record information about their fishing trips, scale envelopes to take scales from striped bass, and instructions on what information is needed and how to properly collect it. The logbook information helps us determine the catch per unit effort (CPUE= fish caught/hours spent fishing) or fishing success for striped bass in New York waters. Scale samples are used to determine the age of the fish. At the end of the year, all of the data is analyzed and presented in an annual newsletter (PDF, 763KB) giving you an inside look into how striped bass fishing was that year. In addition to the newsletter, all anglers that send in scale samples will receive a report documenting the ages of those fish.

By providing information about your fishing trips and the fish you catch, we can better understand and manage the striped bass fishery together!

If you would like to participate in the Striped Bass Cooperative Angler Program and fish for striped bass in New York waters south of the George Washington Bridge, please contact the Diadromous Fish Unit at or (631) 380-3314.

Note: If you primarily fish for striped bass north of the George Washington Bridge, the DEC has a separate Hudson River Cooperative Anglers Program.

Electronic Fishing Logbook (eLogbook)

New York State recreational anglers can now report their catch in a voluntary online angler logbook, called eLogbook. The eLogbook has tools to help anglers document their fishing activities, compile their fishing data, and plan more effective fishing trips in the future. By using eLogbook, you will be contributing needed fishing data to researchers and resource managers by sharing what you caught, the sizes of your catch, and where and when you 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 (link leaves DEC's website) at the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) web site. Check the DEC ACCSP and Electronic Reporting web page for more information.

Did You Catch a Tagged Fish?

Please refer to the image and table below to report the tag to the appropriate Agency or Organization.
A printable Guide to Striped Bass Fish Tags (PDF, 83 KB) is also available.

Guide to Striped Bass Fish Tags
Color Location Agency Phone # Address
Caudal Peduncle ALS 732-291-0055 American Littoral Society
18 Hartshorne Dr., Suite #1
Highlands, NJ 07732
Belly HRF 212-483-7667 Hudson River Foundation
P.O. Box 1731
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
Belly USFWS 1-800-448-8322 USFWS, Maryland Fisheries Office
177 Admiral Cochrane Dr.,
Annapolis, MD 21401
Belly NC 1-800-682-2632
OR 252-726-7021
NC, Division of Marine Fisheries
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, NC 28557
Belly MDDNR 410-260-8304 Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
Tidal Fisheries Division
Tawes State Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401