During the 2017 summer flounder season, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) conducted a promotion “If You Can’t Keep It, Save It!” to encourage the use of proper methods and gear aimed at reducing unintentional mortalities that can occur when summer flounder are returned to the water. As part of this promotion, the NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife distributed size 5/0 to 7/0 hooks to anglers through local New Jersey bait and tackle shops. They also shared information through several media outlets on best practices for reducing discard mortality. The objective of the promotion focused on conserving the species, improving anglers’ overall fishing experience, and boosting New Jersey’s recreational fishing economy. The information you provide in this survey will help assess if and how the promotion is working, as well as identify areas for improvement.
We strongly urge you to complete the survey as thoroughly and accurately as possible within the next 7 days. The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and your identity throughout remains anonymous. Nowhere is your name or email requested or captured. Your cooperation, however, is much-needed to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the results. Please know that your answers will be kept confidential.
The link to the survey is:
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection