The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) is the principal source of dependable and timely marine fishery statistics for Atlantic coast fisheries

 

Voluntary Angler Logbooks (eLogbook)

eLogbook is a web based application that collects data from private recreational anglers on a voluntary basis. eLogbook formulates summaries of information on all species caught by the angler. This valuable tool is a way to provide narrow strategies for any given set of conditions and is a more efficient way for anglers to take a look at the past and save the daily entries.

For information and updates about eLogbook, please do not hesitate to email info@accsp.org.   

Disclaimer:

The ACCSP Data Standards provide guidance on data collection fields for surveys with comprehensive coverage in time and space. These surveys are appropriate for producing unbiased total fishing catch and effort measures using statistically sound survey designs.

In addition to catch and effort surveys, many voluntary, or opt-in data collection programs exist where recreational anglers choose to submit their information about their fishing.  In 2012, the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) and the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) convened a workshop of volunteer data collection programs in order to examine questions such as: "Which data needs are best filled by volunteer angler data?" and "How can programs establish and sustain angler enthusiasm and support?"  Information on the workshop can be found HERE.

The workshop report concluded that these self-selected anglers can provide useful information to support fisheries stock assessments such as biological parameters of length and age.  However, other uses of the data may be biased as the participants are unlikely to accurately represent all anglers or areas.  Therefore data from self-selected anglers are inappropriate for comparison to results from larger scale survey estimates such as catch per effort or expansion to areas where no data were provided.  Both anglers and fishery managers should be made aware of the appropriate and intended use of the data to support improved stock assessments and angler trust in recreational data collection overall.

The ACCSP Recreational Technical Committee supports the conclusions of the workshop.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Geoff White, Recreational Data Manager geoff.white@accsp.org

Partner Implementation of eLogbook