NOAA Fisheries estimates recreational fishing catch by surveying a random sample of anglers as they complete their fishing trips. We use the public access fishing site register to help us determine where to send our samplers.
NOAA Fisheries maintains the site register in cooperation with state and regional partners. This comprehensive, online database provides detailed information about every publicly accessible fishing site—including marinas, boat ramps, piers, beaches, and jetties—on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts (Maine through Mississippi) and in Puerto Rico.
To access the Site Register, click here.
NOAA Fisheries created the register as part of its program to gather catch data. All the characteristics we collect tell us something we need to know about each site, such as how often people fish during different parts of the year, what types of fishing occur, and what amenities might attract anglers to visit. Knowing this information ensures that we’re getting an accurate picture of all the fishing activity that’s taking place. That, in turn, enables us to properly sample the activity and produce representative estimates.
The site register is also available as a resource for anglers and others. All the information in the register is available for public use or repurposing. If we can help you share the register with your stakeholders, please let us know.
Working together, we can keep this register accurate and updated. If you see information that doesn’t look right, or if you’re aware of a fishing site we don’t have listed, please let us know and we’ll investigate. Email us at SR.Admin@noaa.gov.