Starting April 1, 2004, a new service will be available to anglers in Maine. TripTracks, Inc., a new Maine business, is announcing the release of its TripTracks Fishing Logbook. Via a new website, www.triptracks.com, anglers will able to enter detailed information about their fishing trips into an online personal journal. Anglers can record where they have fished, what they caught and even upload photos, all of which they can refer to at a later date to review a past trip, or plan a future one.
Additionally, TripTracks is working in partnership with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to provide pieces of the data that fishermen have entered back to the fisheries biologists to be used to better maintain the State's fisheries, and understand usage patterns. John Boland, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Director of Fisheries Operations, says, "I'm extremely excited about this partnership. TripTracks will enable our fishery biologists to more accurately monitor fishing activity on Maine waters, and will provide an avenue to solicit input from or provide information to anglers. This innovative program will undoubtedly enhance our ability to effectively manage Maine fisheries."
TripTracks Fishing Logbook is a free service for all Maine anglers, providing them with a means of recording and storing their information for their own personal use, but also enables the resource-conscious fishermen to contribute back to the management of the fisheries in a way that may not have previously been practical.
The idea for starting TripTracks came from two avid Maine fishermen, Keith Sirois and Dan Tarkinson. Tarkinson says, "As anglers, we were looking for a way to keep a journal of our fishing trips. We also realized that the data being collected is a valuable asset in the conservation and management of our resources." Sirois adds, "We're really looking forward to working with the MDIFW to show that technology and innovation is something that Maine is a leader in."
For more information visit www.triptracks.com