CASCO BAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Snap-a-Striper is a data collection program being run collaboratively by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Coastal Conservation Association. Its goal is to figure out what percentage of striped bass caught off the coast are native fish, having spawned in the Kennebec River.

The program asks fishermen to download a card from the organization's website and keep the cards with them when angling. After catching a striper, the fisherman is asked to snap a picture of the striper next to the card, so that scientists can gather data on the fish.

"We think knowing more about the fish we catch can give us more information to inform better stewardship," said Dr. Lisa Kerr who is a lead scientist on the project.

Among the guides supporting the project is Carle Hildreth who runs the No Slack Sportfishing Charters out of South Portland. His charters are entirely catch and release. He says supporting the program has been no problem. "It's easy, you just put the fish on the deck, take that picture, take a picture with the client holding the fish and get the fish back in the water."

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