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Data and Science

At NOAA, we use science to guide our policies and management. Our science covers a wide spectrum from biology and fish stock assessments to social and economic analyses of fishing and its impacts on local communities. We can’t do it all alone, and often work in cooperation with universities and fishermen. To learn more about our work and how to participate, please see the information below about recreational fishing catch, effort, and economics.

Recreational Catch and Effort Statistics

The Marine Recreational Information Program, or MRIP, is the new way that NOAA Fisheries is collecting and reporting recreational fishing catch and effort data. Learn more through the links below.

Recreational Economics

Recreational fisheries are a driver of the economies of many coastal communities. In 2014, 11 million saltwater anglers took 68 million fishing trips generating nearly $61 billion in sales impacts, $35.5 billion in value-added impacts, $22 billion in income impacts, and supporting 439,000 U.S. jobs. To learn about our economics research please explore the links below.

Stock Assessments

NOAA Fisheries’ stock assessments are key to marine resource management. They provide high-quality science information to managers, including fishermen, who make decisions on catch levels and fishery regulations. To read more about how this science is done check out this overview.

Participate in Research

There are many opportunities for recreational fishermen to work cooperatively to become involved in the collection of fundamental fisheries information and research. If you have an idea for a project, check out the funding opportunity links below.