ADFG ready to send sport fishing surveys

The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game to Begin Sending Annual Sport Fishing Surveys

(Statewide) – Anglers who purchased a 2022 Alaska Sport Fishing License may soon receive a copy of the 2022 Alaska Sport Fishing Survey. This is an annual mail survey conducted by the Department of Fisheries and Alaska Hunting (ADF&G) to assess where sport fishing takes place and estimate the number of fish caught and retained in sport fishing grounds across Alaska.

This week, the ADF&G Division of Sport Fishing will begin mailing the first wave of 2022 Alaska Sport Fishing Surveys. The survey is mailed to approximately 47,000 Alaska resident and non-resident households randomly selected of which at least one person has purchased a sport fishing license or has a permanent sport fishing license card in 2022. Conducted annually since 1977, the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey is a scientific survey that asks anglers to recall basic information such as the number of fishing days by their household members, the number of fish caught and harvested by species and the fishing ground(s) in 2022.

Selected fishing households will receive a detailed survey booklet and color fish identification index. Postage-paid envelopes are provided so that surveys can be mailed back to ADF&G.

Information collected by the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey is used to produce detailed estimates of total sport fishing effort (fishing days), total fish caught and retained by species, and fishing location. This information, combined with other field investigations and data collection efforts, is a vital part of the Division of Sport Fish’s mission to protect and improve Alaska’s sport fishing.

Harvesters who have questions about the survey or the information requested can contact Statewide Harvest Survey staff at (907) 267-2280 or by email. Results from the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey 2022 will be available by fall 2023. Results from previous survey years can be viewed at the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey webpage.

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