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Saltwater Recreational Data and Statistics Queries

NOAA Fisheries maintains a searchable database of recreational saltwater fishing catch, effort, and participation data and statistics. Different query types are available to best meet your needs.

The queries are developed from common analyses and may answer most of your questions. Users can select desired criteria (e.g., years, states, species) and view results graphically or in tables. Query results can also be downloaded to a CSV file (readable by Excel and other programs).

Be sure to check out our data user FAQ and query video tutorial for information on data and query use and examples of common queries.

Additional data and information are available on our Data Downloads page.

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Data Release Schedule—General

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Preliminary estimates of catch, effort, and participation are available approximately 45 days after the end of a sampling wave.

For details on updates to available data and estimates, please see our Estimate Updates page

Wave Sampling Dates Preliminary Date Available (approx.)
1 January-February April 15
2 March-April June 15
May-June August 15
4 July-August October 15
5 September-October December 15
6 November-December February 15

Final estimates are generally posted by April 15 of the following year. Please note, changes may occur between preliminary and final estimates due to quality control checks or changes in U.S. Census data that may impact our calculations.

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Data Release Schedule—Specialized Surveys

Preliminary monthly catch and effort estimates from the Large Pelagics Survey (LPS) are available 1 month after the end of each 1-month sampling wave from June to October. Final LPS estimates, along with Highly Migratory Species Catch Card estimates, are available in early January.

Learn more about our surveys and how we’re improving them.

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Query Tutorial

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    Run a Data Query

    Before you explore the recreational fishing data offered by NOAA Fisheries, you may find it helpful to review some background materials:

      Once you are ready to query the data, click here.

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      Types of Queries

      NOAA Fisheries maintains a searchable database of recreational saltwater fishing catch, effort, and participation data. We offer a variety of specialized queries to meet your needs. The list below will help you find the one that is right for you.

      Catch and Harvest Data

      Type of Query Description
      Snapshot Summary of count and weight estimates for all species caught, with subgroup totals
      Time Series Detailed count and weight estimates for individual species over time
      MRFSS/MRIP Comparison Comparison of re-estimated count, weight, and length estimates for 2004-2011
      Length Frequencies Length distribution by species
      LPS Time Series Detailed count estimates for individual species covered in the Large Pelagics Survey
      LPS Length Frequencies Length distribution of species covered in the Large Pelagics Survey
      HMS Catch Card  Billfish, swordfish, and bluefin tuna reported landings counts and length distributions (Maryland and North Carolina only)

       

      Effort or Trip Data

      Type of Query Description
      Time Series Detailed trip estimates over time
      Directed Trip Effort for trips that targeted and/or caught a specified species
      MRFSS/MRIP Comparison Comparison of re-estimated trip estimates for 2004-2011
      LPS Time Series Detailed estimates of boat trips targeting species covered in the Large Pelagics Survey

       

      Participation Data

      Type of Query Description
      Time Series Estimate of angler participation over time

       

      National Summary Data

      Type of Query Description
      National Summary Summary of catch, effort, and participation data from all coastal states

       

      Data Download

      Type of Query Description
      Data Download Create custom downloads of estimates and survey data

      Don’t see what you’re looking for? We also conduct custom data requests. Please be aware that custom requests can take 6-8 weeks to complete.

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      More Information

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