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The Pomme de Terre Chapter of Muskies Inc. supports conservation practices, especially catch and release, and research based on sound scientific merit, and carried out by authorized federal or state agencies, and appropriate academic institutions. We are committed to the abatement of water pollution, maintenance of records for muskies' habitat, growth, and range, and the dissemination of Muskie information.

Our chapter works closely with the Missouri Department of Conservation in improving and maintaining the five Muskie Lakes in Missouri. Chapter fundraisers go directly to these projects and we help other chapters through donations when necessary to maintain their muskie fisheries.

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Chapter members participate in Missouri's Show Me Project. The Show Me Muskie Project is a statewide volunteer muskie angler catch reporting system that was initiated by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1996. The purpose of the project is to gather catch data useful to fisheries management biologists and to help evaluate the department’s muskie plan. The plan provides a framework for developing and maintaining high-quality muskie fishery for anglers in Missouri. All Muskie fishermen are invited to participate.

To learn more or to participate go to: https://mdc.mo.gov/fishing/species/muskellunge/muskellunge-show-me-project

Multiple times in the past the chapter has donated fiche nets to the MDC to be used in their spring netting projects. Nets are used to capture breeding muskies and to do census studies for Missouri muskie lakes.

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Donated money to Muskies Inc. to support the 2016 Muskie Symposium.  This symposium brought together well-known biologists from North America who presented over 65 abstracts for the purpose of sharing their research related to muskie conservation.

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In 2018 donated five Boga grips to better handle netted muskies. Resulted in safer handling both for the handler and the fish

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Participated in drafting the Missouri Department of Conservations Muskie Management Plan for 2018 to 2027. Chapter members provided input in the plan that the MDC uses as the guide to provide muskie fishing opportunities for the next 10 years here in Missouri.