The user acknowledges that preliminary statistics will be revised before being posted as final, and that the direction and magnitude of revisions can not be predicted.
Recreational Fisheries Statistics Queries
NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program maintains a searchable database of its recreational fisheries statistics. Known as the MRIP Query Tool, this database allows users to filter recreational fishing data by time series, geographic area, species, mode, and other characteristics. Public-use datasets and statistical analysis programs are available on our Recreational Fishing Data Downloads page. If the information you need is not available through the MRIP Query Tool or these public-use datasets, you may submit a custom data request. Requests are handled in order of receipt, and may take up to six weeks to fulfill. To cite data retrieved from our website, please use "Personal communication from the National Marine Fisheries Service, Fisheries Statistics Division. [Include date of query.]" Questions for the Fisheries Statistics Division may be submitted using this form.
Data Additions and Updates
A complete list of updates to MRIP data, estimates, and queries can be found on our Recreational Fishing Estimate Updates page. To be notified of these updates, subscribe to our email service.
On March 2, 2023, new queries (“Preview of Data Standards”) were added to the MRIP Query Tool. These queries provide a preview of our switch to cumulative (rather than wave-specific) estimates and our adoption of a precision threshold, in which catch estimates with high statistical uncertainty (above 50 percent standard error) will no longer be published. An additional new feature was added to the Length Frequency Catch preview query to allow customizable length bin size to aggregate fish sizes. To access the new queries, open the MRIP Query Tool and select one of the “Preview of Data Standards” options from the drop-down menus.
On January 10, 2023, the following estimates and survey data were re-posted to account for errors found in Vessel Trip Report (VTR) processing:
- Waves 2 - 5, 2022 Catch and Effort estimates
- Catch and effort for Charter and Headboat estimates in all states Maine through Virginia
- Catch in weight estimates for all states and modes
As of the most recent updates:
- Preliminary estimates are available through wave 6, 2022 for the Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast, and Hawaii.
- Final estimates are available through 2021 for the Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast, and Hawaii. Final estimates for Puerto Rico are available through wave 4, 2017.
- Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Catch Card data is available through 2020.
Data Use Considerations
To interpret recreational fisheries statistics, data users must consider their precision, comparability across time, and the availability of weight measurements. Data users should also be aware of the potential for revisions to estimates that have already been published. More information about data use considerations can be found on our Introduction to MRIP Data page.
Guidance for Data Users
Fisheries analysts and stock assessors are encouraged to download the MRIP Data User Handbook for detailed information about downloading, exporting, querying, and performing custom analyses of our recreational fishing data.
- Section 4.2 contains a list of the queries we offer and the functions performed by each one.
- Section 4.3 includes step-by-step instructions for running common queries.
- Section 2.4 defines common MRIP Query Tool terms. These definitions can also be found in our online Recreational Fishing Data Glossary.