Fishing Effort Survey At-a-Glance
The Marine Recreational Information Program uses a suite of surveys to collect recreational fishing data. The Fishing Effort Survey gathers information about the number of saltwater trips anglers take in Hawaii and along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
How does NOAA Fisheries collect information about recreational fishing activity?
The mail Fishing Effort Survey collects information about the number of shore and private boat trips taken by recreational anglers in Hawaii and on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Because our sample needs to represent the fishing activity of all residents of participating states—and not just the residents who fish—all household members are asked to respond, even if they didn’t fish during the period of time the survey asks about.