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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, adding the required data.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.