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Snook and Gamefish Foundation’s Angler Action Program Celebrates Significant Milestone
For the 20,000th time since the Angler Action Program (AAP) was updated in 2012, an angler caught a fish, measured it and released it back to the water to fight another day. Then, more importantly, logged that catch in on the Snook and Gamefish Foundation’s Angler Action website or iAngler smartphone app.
The data collected by the AAP helps give a true definition of the fish stocks on both coasts of Florida and is shared with biologists and legislators to help determine regulations, such as slot and bag limits. Angler Action is based on the everyday activities of recreational anglers, giving a loud voice to those who for many years have been overlooked. Fittingly, it was Capt. Danny Barrow of GoSnookFishing.com who logged the 20,000th release into the Angler Action site. Capt. Barrow has logged more fish than anyone in the history of Angler Action, recording every trip – guided or just by himself – he fishes.
“It is safe to say that there would be no Angler Action Program without Capt. Danny Barrow,” said Brett Fitzgerald, CEO of the Snook and Gamefish Foundation. “He logs every single trip, as well as donates his time and talents to benefit the Snook and Gamefish Foundation.” In the 3 years that anglers have been using Angler Action to record their trips there have been 127 different species of fish logged into the program.
The list of the most common species logged by recreational anglers definitely has a Florida game fish feel. Common snook are the most popular, followed by spotted sea trout, red drum, jack crevalle and lady fish. Anglers from both coasts participate in the program, helping to provide a much clearer picture of the state of Florida’s fish stocks. Palm Beach County has the largest amount of Angler Action participants, with Lee, Martin, Brevard and Charlotte filling out the Top Five. Since 2012 over 4,000 individual users have logged fish into the program.
The Angler Action Program recently introduced its newest version, addressing users suggestions and concerns and making it much easier to log fish, whether you’re on the water or in your living room. Anglers can now set their preferences so forms automatically populate when they open them, there are “quick-add” buttons for species you recently logged and a new “Copy’ button to help save time. The loggable species has been expanded to include all the freshwater fish, as well, and the program also now includes all 50 states and most foreign countries.
The new layout is designed to be easy to use and works great on any smart phone, tablet or computer. There is a new dashboard to help manage tasks efficiently and a one-page catch summary layout. There is now the ability to add a picture to a profile, among other improvements, to help anglers personalize their profile. For more information about the Angler Action Program, or the Snook and Gamefish Foundation, please go to www.snookfoundation.org or call (561) 707-8923. This program funded in part by The Orvis Company, Inc.
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