April 5, 2017
Rye, New Hampshire
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 Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, on April 5, 2017, to discuss the state of New England saltwater recreational fisheries. The majority of the attendees at the meeting were for-hire vessel owners/operators and recreational fishing business owners. The meeting focused on concerns with fisheries science and management programs for New England recreational fisheries. A table was developed during the discussion that enumerated specific issues, illustrated end goals, as well as the hurdles or roadblocks associated with achieving those end goals. 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 fisheries management programs were the focus of the majority of the discussion. Economic impacts to the for-hire industry and the different needs of the recreational sectors were also articulated by many. 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