The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that that a new angler survey will be conducted in 2018. It’s been more than 10 years since the last survey (2007), an outreach designed to learn more about angler attitudes, preferences and opinions on fisheries management issues. If you purchased a license between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 last year, you may be asked to help by filling out the survey.
Unlike previous surveys, this one will be primarily conducted electronically. A sample size of license buyers will be contacted via email directing them to an online survey questionnaire. In an effort to compare compliance rates, survey questionnaires will also be mailed to a smaller group of anglers to compare the two survey methods. If you do receive a request to participate, please fill out the forms to the best of your ability. The information will give fisheries managers a better understanding as to where people are fishing and for what, how many days they spend on the water and how much money they spend when pursuing their passions throughout the year. It will also help DEC better understand angler preferences, satisfaction and opinions on management topics. The survey information should be compiled by spring of 2019.