Steelhead reporting process simplified, state says

STATEWIDE — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced on Oct. 26 the reporting process for steelhead catches will be simplified.

Changes include reducing the number of location codes, adding a “did not fish” section and clarifying reporting instructions.

“The new card is shorter and easier to fill out. It provides anglers with clear and concise reporting instructions, consolidates location codes and better defines the data being collected,” DFW staff said in a released statement.

DFW reduced the number of location codes from 73 to 20, added a “did not fish” check box above the reporting section, simplified the report card’s language and clarified reporting instructions.

“The consolidation of location codes benefits the angler by making it easier to identify which location code they are fishing in, while the simplification of language helps anglers more easily determine what data must be recorded and how to comply with the reporting requirement,” DFW staff stated.

DFW uses the data collected by steelhead report cards aids the department in its decision-making process. The data is also used to “determine catch trends for specific watersheds.”

State officials rely upon the revenue from report card sales to fund steelhead restoration projects.

The state prefers anglers file their respective reports online. Filing report cards online, DFW staff states, helps keep administrative costs low and opens up financial resources for steelhead conservation.

Visit dfg.ca.gov/steelheadcard for more information about the Steelhead Report and Restoration Card Program.

The actual report card can be filed online at wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Online-Sales.

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