Reporting Offshore or Out of Cellular Range
To collect information offshore out of cellular range, anglers can download MyFishCount mobile app and use the app, regardless of whether or not you are within cell phone range. You should always check for updates to the app before heading offshore. Anglers can also download the Offline Form to record catch and trip information on paper to later be entered into MyFishCount. Click the Offline Form tab at the top of the MyFishCount page in order to view and download the form for printing. Be sure to transfer the information you collect on the form to your individual MyFishCount account.
Recommended Photo Methods
The photos you take are an important part of the MyFishCount reporting process. However, if you don’t have your phone/camera ready to take a picture and you are releasing the fish, it is better to release the fish quickly than to keep it on the deck of the boat while you get your camera out. Pictures collected through MyFishCount can be used to estimate the length of fish that are caught and released. Photographs should include something to measure alongside the fish. When taking a picture please do the following:
- Capture the whole fish from snout to tail in the photo.
- Have the fish on a measuring board or beside something of standard length (soda can, coin, etc.).
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Continue to Participate in Current Surveys!
In addition to reporting through the app and web-portal, we strongly encourage fishermen to continue participating in state-run sampling programs. Remember, the intention of this project is to compliment and provide an additional data stream to the Marine Recreational Information Program. Please use the links to below to learn more about your State’s fishery programs.
North Carolina - http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/
South Carolina - http://www.dnr.sc.gov
Georgia - https://gadnr.org
Florida - http://myfwc.com
Participate in Carcass Collection Programs
Carcass collection programs have been developed by North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to collect additional information that length alone cannot provide. The leftover carcass of snapper grouper species can provide important information needed in management including the age and sexual maturity of snapper grouper species caught by recreational fishermen. Fish with the head, tail, and stomach intact are ideal. Please consider dropping off your fish carcass so that it can be used in science and management. Locations for the carcass collection sites can be found at the SAFMC’s website.