Internet Recreational Effort and Catch (iREC) Survey

Internet Recreational Effort and Catch (iREC) Survey


Welcome to the Internet Recreational Effort
and Catch Survey. This survey collects information on recreational
fishing activity in tidal waters from thousands of participants, who each report on their
fishing activity and catch for a single month. 40% of all licence holders are selected each
year to provide their fishing information to either a monthly iREC survey or the internet
Annual Recreational Catch survey. As a recreational fisher, it is your responsibility
to provide the information required to sustainably manage our shared fishery resources. It is also a condition of your tidal waters
recreational fishing license to provide your fishing information through this survey. Even if you didn’t fish at all or did fish
but didn’t bring home any catch, you are still required to complete the survey. New this year, licence holders are informed
at the time of purchase whether they have been selected for a survey and which survey
they have been selected for. Look at the bottom of your licence to determine
whether your licence has been selected. There you can see which survey you have been
selected for and your access link and id. If you enter your survey access link before
your survey month begins, you will not be able to see the survey, but you will find
some useful links. If you have been selected and you entered
your current email address into your DFO licensing system account, you will also receive an email
from DFO regarding the survey with your survey access link and id. To learn how to complete the iREC survey,
please follow these step-by-step instructions. To start the survey during the survey month,
logon using the information provided at the bottom of your licence or the link in the
survey email. If you did not fish during the month, please
click the blue “I did not fish tidal waters recreationally…” button below. This option is only available when the month
is finished. If you wish to return to the survey and complete
it at a later time, you may select the red “Close Current Session…” button. If you fished during the month, select green
“Continue to report fishing” button. A calendar will appear. Please select the dates on which you went
fishing. You may select multiple dates, or you can
add additional dates later. Note that your calendar will only show the
month for which you have been selected to report, and will only allow you to report
for days in the past. Also, you will only be able to selected dates
within the month for which your licence is valid. For example, if you buy an annual licence
on May 12 and you are selected to participate in the May survey, you will only be permitted
to report your fishing activity for May 12-31, not May 1-11. Once selected, you cannot remove dates from
this window, but if you wish to remove dates, you will find the option on the report dashboard. Choose “Save”. This will open your report dashboard. Here, the entries for each date you fished
will be listed. You can add additional dates using the “Add
Date” button. Using the green button, record the area where
you fished under each date using a list or a map. On the map, zoom in on the area you fished,
select the area and click on the green button to confirm and continue. This returns you to the report dashboard. Enter all the areas you fished on each date. Use the blue buttons to select all of the
fishing methods you used on each date in each area. Once a method is selected, an orange button
will appear that allows to you complete the catch report for this date/area/method combination. Click this button. A new screen will open, where you can enter
details about your fishing event. In this box, add the number of people under
the age of 16 who hold fishing licenses and who fished with you. You will be reporting their catch along with
yours. If you select “Angling from Boat”, please
record if your trip originated from a sport fishing lodge. Also, please record if you fished with a paid
guide. This information is not requested for other
fishing methods. If you selected “Shellfish trapping from
Boat”, please record if you checked crab traps and prawn traps. To add information about the finfish or shellfish
you caught, please select the green “Save and continue to next page” button. On the next page, please provide details about
the finfish and shellfish that you and all juveniles fishing with you caught during your
fishing day. Do not record fish caught by other adults
in your group. You do not need to enter “0” for any species
you did not catch. Scroll down the list until you find the species
you caught. You may enter multiple species of fish. For information on species identification,
please follow the links provided at the top of the page. Also, some species have information buttons
which, when clicked, provide more information about the species. For example, for Chinook and Coho, an illustration
appears that shows the difference between hatchery-marked and wild salmon. Please enter the number of fish you kept and
the number that you released for each species. When completed, please scroll down and select
the green “Continue to Review and Confirm page” button. The catch form with the numbers you provided
is now displayed again. Please ensure your entries are correct. You may make corrections on this form. Once correct, please scroll down and select
the green “I have reviewed my responses, continue” button. You will not be able to change your catch
information for this report after you select this button. You will now return to Your Report Dashboard. You can now complete catch reports for any
other fishing events. You may also add further dates by selecting
the green “Add Date” button. You may remove dates made in error from this
page by selecting the red “Remove…” button. If you have no further dates or details to
report at this time, please select the red “Close current session. I will return later to complete my survey”
button. Once the month is finished, please return
to the survey and add further reports or confirm that all your fishing information has been
provided for the month. If you are completing the report after the
month is finished, and you have no further information to add, you may select the green
“I have completely reported all of my fishing information” button. This option is not available until all the
reports that have been started are completed. A pop-up box will ask you to confirm that
you have entered all data for the month. Click “OK”. This is the last screen where you can enter
information. You can add comments about your fishing activity
or the survey here if you wish; they are not required. If you have questions, email us using the
link provided. Once completed, please select the green “Complete
survey…” button. Thank you for your cooperation. This information allows Fisheries and Oceans
Canada to estimate recreational fishing effort and catch, which helps to ensure a vibrant,
sustainable recreational fishery into the future. For more information on the iREC survey, please
visit http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/irec-iarc/index-eng.html .

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