The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association has developed a new app-based program for anglers to share images of the fish they catch.
Using the app Water Reporter, people throughout the Middle Susquehanna watershed, which covers 24 counties and 11,000 square miles of land defined by the North and West branches of the Susquehanna River and the tributaries that feed into them, can share images of the fish they catch.
While the program is designed to help identify regions where there may be increased abnormalities within the various fish species and areas where increased sampling and investigation are needed, anglers are encouraged to share a wide variety of their catches, even those without lesions or spots.
“People who aren’t as familiar with the river may fixate on the photos they see of abnormalities, but there are many anglers who report catching a wide variety of healthy fish,” said Riverkeeper John Zaktansky. “We want people to get the full picture of how the various species in our waterways are doing while collecting valuable data on potential issues we can pursue.”
The steps for reporting a fish include:
Results are being catalogued via an interactive map on the riverkeeper website. For more information, and check results, visit www.middlesusquehannariverkeeper.org/report-a-concern.html
John Zaktansky is an award-winning journalist and avid promoter of the outdoors who loves camping, kayaking, fishing and hunting with the family.