Snap A Striper


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:


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 here

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 A new data card should be used for each fish photo.  Please be sure to add the age of young anglers 12 and under on the card.

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 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. However,  some SAS participants prefer to download a single “master” data card, write in their unique Fish # (example: 10DB16) in the appropriate space, laminate the card and use it in every striper photo they email to GMRI, adding the required catch data requested on the card – angler name, date, catch location – to the photo email.

Alternatively, a short ruler clearly marking at least five (5) inches can be used in a striper photo, with the required catch data added when the photo is emailed to GMRI at

*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

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