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New MRIP Organizational Structure Reflects Greater Emphasis on Regional Implementation

February 21, 2019

The Marine Recreational Information Program has adopted a new organizational structure to reflect its shift in focus from developing, testing, and certifying survey designs to facilitating data collection and addressing regional needs.

A diagram of the Marine Recreational Information Program's teams.

The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) has modified its organizational structure to address new priorities. Informed by its strategic plan, the program has shifted from its initial focus on developing, testing, and certifying new survey designs to developing a better understanding of regional needs and priorities, facilitating regional data collection efforts, and actively managing the regional implementation of new and improved survey methods.

Under MRIP’s new organizational structure:

The Program Management Team oversees and ensures the development and execution of MRIP’s Strategic Plan and prepares Annual Implementation Plans and Spend Plans. It also identifies policy and process needs, develops policy advice, and drafts policy and procedural documents. Additionally, the Program Management Team reviews project reports and serves as a liaison to MRIP Regional Implementation Teams.

The Survey Operations Team oversees the administration of and advises the Program Management Team on survey operations to support national recreational fisheries data needs. The Research and Evaluation Team advises other MRIP Teams on topics relevant to survey design and survey statistics.

The MRIP Regional Implementation Teams, which identify regional data needs and prioritize additions and improvements to data collection programs, play a new and key role. Now part of the MRIP organizational structure, these teams will communicate regional needs and priorities directly with MRIP through the Program Management Team. A new Regional Implementation Council consisting of the lead coordinators for the seven Regional Implementation Teams will develop coordinated national advice on a variety of cross-cutting issues.

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