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Monday, January 25 • 10:20am - 10:40am
An Introduction To Michigan's Statewide Angler Survey Program

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AUTHORS: Tracy Kolb*, Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Zhenming Su, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT: Michigan’s Statewide Angler Survey Program has been running continuously for 31 years. The program uses interviews collected by creel clerks to estimate harvest and effort for Michigan’s recreational fisheries. Major challenges for the program have been maintaining geographical continuity while improving technology and sampling methods; especially during years of lean budgets. The program now curates over 100,000 samples of sportfish, more than one million records of angler interviews and hundreds of thousands of estimates of fishing pressure and catch for Great Lakes ports in Lakes Huron, Superior, Erie and Michigan, and Michigan’s inland lakes and tributaries. Major recent accomplishments of the program include expanding coverage of inland fisheries, designing customized software for generating catch and effort estimates, creating an Android app for data entry in the field, becoming more nimble in collecting open-ended social data, utilizing new technologies to capture counts of anglers, collaborating with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to survey the St. Mary’s and Detroit Rivers, building strong relationships between creel clerks and anglers and serving recreational fisheries data to our constituents.

Monday January 25, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am
Gerald Ford

Attendees (18)