Snap A Striper

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The Coastal Conservation Association-Maine (CCA-Maine) and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) are collaborating on an ongoing data collection program called “Snap-A-Striper,” aimed at compiling photos and valuable information from live release and legally kept striped bass caught in Maine waters.

Snap-A-Striper Photo Tips:

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When a striper of any size is to be released, the photo process is best accomplished with two people working together in a boat.  One person plays the fish while the other fills in a data card which can be downloaded hereNote: if printing your own data cards, be sure to turn off print scaling in your pdf reader.  If you continue to have problems, please contact us at ccamaine@gmail.com.

The fish is photographed with the card in the frame and the fish is released as quickly as possible. The photograph can then be emailed to stripers@gmri.org. A new data card should be used for each fish photo.

To minimize stress on stripers to be released:

  • Wet the deck slightly before bringing the striper aboard.
  • Lay the fish flat on the deck
  • Ensure the whole fish is visible in the frame – stand on a seat if necessary.
  • The data card must be in the frame (see sample photo below)

When photographing a striper that will be legally harvested, you will need to put a filled-in data card in the frame. We encourage you to remove the head, freeze it in a plastic bag with the same data card used in the photo and email stripers@gmri.org for pickup or delivery instructions.

Whenever possible, GMRI prefers photos of both released and harvested stripers to be taken with filled-in SAS data cards. But in a pinch, you can take a fish photo with just a ruler in the frame (tick marks on the ruler must be clearly visible) and email the photo to stripers@gmri.org, adding the required data.

*How to Join the Snap-A-Striper program

*Download SAS Data Cards 

Note: if printing your own data cards, be sure to turn off print scaling in your pdf reader.  If you continue to have problems, please contact us at ccamaine@gmail.com.

 

 

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