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Thursday, 03 May 2012 02:08

Fishing surveys are in the mail for some

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Anglers in North Carolina soon will be randomly selected to receive a state fishing survey designed to determine anglers’ view on and preferences for fish management.

Of the more than 800,000 anglers in North Carolina who holds a current freshwater fishing license, 9,000 will receive surveys through July.

The survey consists of 37 questions that assess the management expectations, fishing preferences and levels of participation of freshwater anglers in North Carolina.

While the survey is voluntary, the N.C. Wildlife Commission emphasized that angler participation is critical. The more anglers who respond to the survey, the better information the agency will have about anglers’ views of freshwater fisheries management in North Carolina.

It needs to be returned by July 31.

The commission will use the data taken from the survey, in addition to biological data, data collected by surveying anglers on specific bodies of water, and other forms of public comment, to help it make fisheries management decisions and program modifications that, ultimately, will improve fishing opportunities for all anglers.

The final report will be available in January 2013.

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