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NOAA Fisheries Certifies Alabama's Snapper Check Survey Design

NOAA Fisheries announced that the agency has certified the design of Alabama’s Snapper Check survey of charter and private boat fishing for red snapper. This Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) supplemental survey was developed and implemented to facilitate improved monitoring of red snapper...
August 17, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Angler with red snapper.

NOAA Fisheries Releases Revised MRIP Recreational Catch and Effort Estimates

Learn more about the revised Marine Recreational Information Program catch and effort estimates.
July 09, 2018 - Leadership Message ,
Shore fishing.

NOAA Fisheries Certifies Mississippi's Tails n' Scales Survey Design

NOAA Fisheries announced today that the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) has certified the designs of Mississippi’s Tails n’ Scales surveys of charter and private boat fishing for red snapper. Tails n’ Scales will be included in the suite of implemented MRIP surveys in the Gulf of...
June 27, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Woman holding red snapper

The Fishing Effort Survey: Calibrating Recreational Catch Estimates

NOAA Fisheries recently completed a three-year transition from MRIP’s Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS) to the Fishing Effort Survey (FES). Both surveys measure shore and private boat recreational fishing trips, or effort, on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and we have determined that the FES produces...
May 29, 2018 - Feature Story
Anglers fishing from boat.

Pacific Islands MRIP Regional Implementation Plan Now Available

The Marine Recreational Information Program Ad-hoc Steering Committee and its advisors have completed an MRIP Regional Implementation Plan for the Pacific Islands (PDF, 30 pages). This plan is designed to identify and prioritize needs and actions associated with understanding and managing the non-commercial...
May 29, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Anglers fishing on Waimānalo beach.

NOAA Fisheries Hosts Access Point Angler Intercept Survey Calibration Workshop

NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology is hosting a peer review workshop on proposed calibration methods for its recreational catch survey from March 20-22, 2018 in Silver Spring, Maryland. The workshop is open to the public. On the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the Marine Recreational...
March 21, 2018 - Feature Story
Sampler measures fish

Meet NOAA Fisheries at Upcoming Fishing Shows

Members of the Marine Recreational Information Program team will join port agents from NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Region at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show from March 9-11, 2018 and the Saltwater Fishing Expo from March 16-18, 2018. Please stop by our booth to ask questions and say...
March 07, 2018 - Feature Story ,
NOAA Fisheries outreach booth

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Releases MRIP Regional Implementation Plan

The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program has completed an MRIP Regional Implementation Plan (PDF, 16 pages) summarizing the data needs and funding priorities for improving recreational fisheries data collection on the Atlantic Coast. The ACCSP is the state-federal partnership that collects,...
February 19, 2018 - Feature Story
Marina in Mid-Atlantic

NOAA Fisheries Certifies LA Creel Survey Design

On December 29, 2017, NOAA Fisheries announced the certification of the Louisiana Recreational Creel (LA Creel) survey design. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries uses LA Creel as an alternative general survey to estimate recreational fishing catch and effort, or number of angler trips....
January 04, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Woman fishing in Gulf of Mexico.

Fisheries of the United States, 2016

Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. The 2016 report provides landings totals for both domestic recreational and commercial fisheries by species and allows us to track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports. These statistics provide valuable insights — but to fully understand the overall condition of our fisheries, they must be looked at in combination with other biological, social, and economic factors of ecosystem and ocean health.
October 30, 2017 - Feature Story ,
Image of commercial fishing vessels