The Great Chesapeake Invasives Count is an angling based effort to provide important data to Maryland DNR, USFWS, and other management agencies on what you’re seeing on the water.
Information related to the number of fish you catch during a given time, as well as the length and weight of the fish you catch is important to fishery managers. It is also vital to investigate the feeding habits of invasive fish to help understand the short and long term impacts that their existence may cause on native species.
It is important that ALL CITIZENS recognize the impacts that these species have on our natural ecosystems, and does not continue the spread of these fish.
To help provide data, please register for this event by following the steps below.
What Information are we asking anglers to provide?
Fishery managers need help in understanding where invasive species are being caught, and with what regularity or how much effort.
Please report the location of your catch using the iAngler Tournament automatic location setting. This information will not be shared with other anglers, it will simply be provided to the fishery managers that need help knowing where these species have spread to.
There are 2 main categories of information per species that managers are seeking, these are listed in the app.
– Lengths and weights.
– Stomach contents & the weight of them
All data should be submitted with a picture against a ruler, and the appropriate division should be selected in the app when submitting each item. (sample image stomach contents)
To thank you for your participation, participants will be entered to win random prizes as follows:
Additional bonus “tickets” and prizes may be given at the discretion of CCA Maryland leadership and event partners and sponsors.
The random drawing will be held on CCA Maryland’s facebook page and announced via the app on the following dates: June 15th, June 29th, July 13th, July 27th, August 10th, August 24th, Sept 7th, Sept 21st, October 5th, October 19th, Nov 2nd, Nov 16th, Nov 30th.
While all who participate are eligible for winning prizes, those who are active CCA Maryland members qualify for additional prizes.
To join, renew, or check status go to membership.joincca.org or by calling (800) 201-FISH (3474). The mailing label of our TIDE magazine also contains your membership number.