DNR casting a Web net for rockfish information On-line site available for anglers to add data

July 12, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is going on line to get a better read on the recreational catch of rockfish (striped bass) in state waters.

For the past three years, DNR's Fisheries Service has received a mail-in survey from members of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association, the Maryland Coastal Conservation Association and the Pasadena Sportfishing Group.

The 1998 Cooperative Striped Bass Angling Survey, however, is expected to provide a wider and more cost-efficient database.

Maryland anglers who record rockfish length as they fish will be able to go to DNR's Internet site -- www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries -- to report their findings. Fisheries biologists will then use the information for statistical analysis.

According to DNR, the on-line survey will save postage costs and key-punch time and "allow the potential collection of previously unheard-of quantities of good, quality data from diverse and growing community of on-line fishermen."

Instructions for participating in the on-line survey can be found at the Web site or by calling 800-688-FINS.

Mail-in survey forms will still be accepted.

Laser nationals

Annapolis sailors won three divisions at the Laser National Championships sailed recently off Osterville, Mass.

Olympic candidate John Torgerson won the national championship with a one-point victory over Andy Lovell of New Orleans. Torgerson posted three seconds and a third in the five-race series.

The victory assured Torgerson the No. 1 spot on U.S. Sailing's Laser team.

Alden Shattuck, 50, and his 15-year-old son, Brendan, won the masters and juniors divisions.

Top caster

Rob Clark of Betterton will be casting for scholarship money at the BASS Masters Classic on Aug. 8 during the finals of the CastingKids competition. Clark, 13, qualified for the finals in his age group by winning local, state and national semifinal contests.

CastingKids competition involves casting, pitching and flipping a weighted fishing line to a target at various distances. Points are awarded for accuracy.

If Clark wins the age-group competition, he will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

Covey camps coming

Quail Unlimited and the Department of Natural Resources will kick off a series of children's camps later this month as part of a national conservation awareness program that started in 1995 and now includes 13 states.

"Although national in scope, each camp is tailored for each particular state," said Jim Farmer, chairman of the Southern Maryland chapter of Quail Unlimited.

"We feel it is important for kids to have insight into wildlife conservation and habitat. It gives them a better understanding of the environment and their place in it."

Campers from 10 to 15 will come from rural and urban neighborhoods across Maryland, including children from the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Baltimore.

The camps, which will be held in Charles and Prince George's counties, will include instruction in geology, living history, quail habitat, wildlife conservation and hunter safety as well as hands-on sessions involving fishing, canoeing, archery and other outdoor activities.

Camps are scheduled July 27-31 at Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center and Aug. 10-14 at the Patuxent 4-H Center.

Pub Date: 7/12/98

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