Data Downloads

We welcome and encourage our partners, recreational fishermen, and any other interested individuals to review and analyze the data we use to produce estimates, as well as the estimates themselves. You’ll find links in the sections below to download survey data collected in the field by our state and regional partners, the estimates MRIP scientists calculated based on the surveys, and Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) template programs that can be used to analyze the data. 

Survey and estimate datasets are posted for download following the production of estimates and initial quality control procedures.

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Recent Updates

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  • As of wave 1, 2018, NOAA Fisheries has completed the transition from the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS) to the mail-based Fishing Effort Survey (FES) to estimate the number of shore and private boat fishing trips on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.  For 2018, all estimates for private boat and shore fishing modes will be based on the FES.

  • A peer-reviewed calibration model was developed to ensure continuity between the CHTS and FES over the historical time series of effort data, 1981-2017. The FES calibrated historical data will be available to scientists and the public in summer 2018.  Until this work is completed, private boat and shore mode catch and effort estimates prior to 2018 will not be directly comparable with the estimates in 2018.

  • MRIP Vessel Trip Reports are now used to produce preliminary estimates for the Atlantic Coast. The change was effective beginning in wave 2 in 2017.
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Survey Data Downloads

MRFSS Survey Data (SAS, CSV)

INTERCEPT: Includes survey data collected by the shore-based angler intercept surveys. The list of sites used for the Access-Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS), along with detailed descriptive information about each site, is available in the Site Register. For variable descriptions, download APAIS appendices.

I1: Angler information

I2: Unavailable catch

I3: Available catch

I4: Grouped-catch followers

I6: Boat-party followers

I9: At-sea Discards

TELEPHONE: Includes survey data collected through the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS). For variable descriptions, download CHTS appendices.

T1: Household information

T2: Angler information

T3: Trip information

MRIP Survey Data (SAS, CSV)

TRIP_YYYYW.sas7bdat: Trip-level data (analogous to MRFSS i1 dataset) and variables required for estimation. Contains one record per angler trip interview (identified by id_code).

CATCH_YYYYW.sas7bdat: Catch-level data and variables required for estimation. Contains one record per species for every angler trip interview.

SIZE_YYYYW.sas7bdat: Fish-level length and weight data and variables required for estimation. Contains one record per fish caught and measured or weighed by interviewer.

For more information on each type of file, see MRIP Read Me. Variable formats and descriptions can be found in MRIP_Survey_Variables.

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Estimates Downloads

Preliminary estimates are produced every 2 months, and final (revised) estimates each spring.

All preliminary data are subject to change and will likely be revised before being posted as final. The direction and magnitude of such revisions are unpredictable. Please familiarize yourself with the limitations and use of preliminary data.

Click on the links below to access the desired estimates.

MRFSS Estimates (SAS, CSV)

MRFSS estimates are available for the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts through 2003, Puerto Rico through 2013, and Hawaii through present.

MRFSS estimate downloads are separated by coast. Combined Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico data are annotated with "AG," Gulf-only data with "GU," and Pacific data with "PC." Some downloads may have been produced in the past, but are not currently available. Legacy data for the MRFSS program are provided in a different format than the current MRIP data.

MRFSS estimates do not include revised estimates produced under the MRIP program.

MRIP Estimates (SAS, CSV)

MRIP estimates are available for the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts beginning in 2004 and for Puerto Rico beginning in 2014.

Variable formats and descriptions can be found in MRIP_Estimates_Variables.

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Template Programs Downloads

MRIP survey datasets are optimized for use by the MRIP programs, and other files available on our website are not compatible with these programs. The programs can be modified to run for custom domain analyses. A domain is defined as a sub-level (usually geographic) of the stratified estimation design. Typically, these are sub-state geographic divisions based on county groups, or even sampled site groups if the domain cannot be defined by county borders.

MRIP template programs should be used only with MRIP survey datasets currently available for 2004 and beyond. For more information on each program and the datasets required to run them, see MRIP Read Me.

To download the MRIP template programs, please right-click the template program filename below and select “Save link as...”

Catch Estimation (SAS)

 MRIP catch estimation for custom domains. This is a template program for estimating catch totals using the MRIP public-use datasets. The program is set up to use information in the trip_yyyyw dataset to define custom domains. The catches are estimated within the domains by merging the trip information onto the catch_yyyyw datasets. See program for additional information.

Direct Trip Estimation (SAS)

MRIP directed angler trips (effort) for custom domains. This is a template program for estimating directed trips using the MRIP public-use datasets. The program is set up to use trip_yyyyw datasets to define custom domains and estimate total angler trips within domains. Catch information can be used to define the domains by merging the catch_yyyyw datasets onto the trip_yyyyw datasets. See program for additional information.

Length Frequencies (SAS)

MRIP length frequencies for single species within custom domains. This is a template program for estimating length frequencies using the MRIP public-use datasets. The program is set up to calculate length frequencies (in numbers of fish and as proportions) using the size_yyyyw datasets. Custom estimation domains may be defined by merging trip information from the trip_yyyyw datasets onto the size datasets. See program for additional information.

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LPS Data Download

Large Pelagic Survey Data and Estimates (SAS, CSV)

Large Pelagics Intercept Survey Datasets

CATCH_YYYYMM: Catch-level data and variables required for estimation. Each record contains catch totals by major catch types (kept, released alive, or discarded dead) in numbers.

MAIN_YYYYMM: Boat-level data and variables required for estimation. Contains one record for each respondent interviewed.

SIZE_YYYYMM: Fish-level length and weight data and variables required for use in estimation. Contains one record per fish caught and measured or weighed by interviewer.

Note: Pre-2011 data are not broken into monthly datasets. For example, Catch_2010, Main_2010, and Size_2010 contain all catch data from June to November 2010.

Large Pelagics Telephone Survey Datasets

LPTS_YYYYMMM: Dataset used for private mode effort estimates. A record is created for each trip profiled.

Note: Pre-2011 data are not broken into monthly datasets. For example, LPTS_2010 contains all effort data from June to November 2010. The LPTS 2002 dataset is not currently available for download due to formatting issues. It will be provided at a later date.

All Estimate Datasets

All_ests_YYYY: Catch and effort estimates by month, mode, region, and species.

The LPS is conducted only in Atlantic Coast states from Virginia through Maine. To complement NOAA Fisheries HMS management, these states are divided into two regions: Southern (Virginia through Southern New Jersey) and Northern (Northern New Jersey through Maine). New Jersey is divided along the border of Atlantic and Ocean Counties. Due to the limited scale of recreational LPS fishing, several states are combined into two state groups: Maryland/Delaware, Connecticut/Rhode Island, and New Hampshire/Maine.

For more information on each type of file and the data available, click here.

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More Information

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