Marine Recreational Information Program: Certification

To promote nationwide consistency in availability of recreational catch and effort data, MRIP has established a rigorous certification process for assuring that survey and estimation methods are scientifically sound. Once certified, the method is available for potential funding and use by MRIP partners.

In general, MRIP only supports (funding, staff, etc.) projects applying methods that have been MRIP certified. MRIP may support use of methods that are not certified, if a plan to certify those survey methods is in place and is being followed.

What MRIP Certifies

  • New or replacement survey and estimation methods
  • Modifications, or recommended improvements to existing methods
  • Existing methods, for approval only

Certification Requirements

To be certified, methods must:

Certified Methods

MRIP follows the requirements of the Information Quality Act (Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-554)) which ensures the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of disseminated information.