April 3, 2017
Howell, New Jersey
NOAA Fisheries is committed to:
Sustainable saltwater recreational fisheries resources.
Promoting saltwater recreational fisheries for the benefit of the nation.
Enabling enduring participation through science based conservation and management.
Regional Administrator John Bullard, National Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries Russ Dunn, and other NOAA Fisheries staff met with about 15 members of the recreational fisheries community at the Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center in Howell, New Jersey, on April 3, 2017, to discuss the state of mid-Atlantic saltwater recreational fisheries. The majority of meeting participants were private anglers, but several for-hire operators also participated. The meeting focused heavily on concerns with recreational fisheries management and data collection programs for mid-Atlantic recreational fisheries. A table was developed following the discussion that enumerated specific issues, illustrated end goals, as well as the hurdles or roadblocks associated with achieving a given goal. Highlights from that table are included below.
As shown in the word cloud derived from NOAA Fisheries staff notes, recreational data collection through the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) and the impact those data have on the management programs and fishing communities dominated the discussion. As a result of this meeting, NOAA Fisheries is committing to achieving the action items below, in collaboration with our recreational fisheries partners, including the for-hire industry and private recreational community. Additional ideas will be incorporated into the 2018-2019 Regional Recreational Fisheries Implementation Plan.
Questions or comments about the meeting or the action plan below should be directed to GARFO Recreational Fisheries Coordinator Moira Kelly (Moira.Kelly@noaa.gov; 978-281-9218) and NEFSC Recreational Fisheries Coordinator Dr. Earl Meredith (Earl.Meredith@noaa.gov; 978-281-9276).
Dr. Earl Meredith