Our Improvement Process
Event methods that are already in use can be improved to make sure that, in a changing management environment, the best available science is used. Teams of scientists, statisticians, state partners, fishermen, and other stakeholders evaluate existing programs and make recommendations for new data collection designs and improvements to current designs.
Development and Testing
Recommendations for new methods and improvements to current methods are tested and peer-reviewed through the MRIP process to make sure they meet the highest scientific standards. MRIP approves and certifies methods prior to implementation.
Since 2008, the program has funded survey improvement projects and survey program reviews in all regions of the U.S. and its territories. Projects include using electronic reporting tools, improving effort estimates via mail surveys, and increasing the precision of estimates. On the MRIP Projects Database page, you can find all projects funded since 2008 and read project plans, final reports, and monthly updates.
Implementing new and improved methods requires careful planning and difficult decisions about how to commit limited resources. MRIP works closely with regional partners to evaluate regional fisheries needs and examine tradeoffs between precision, timeliness, coverage, and more. Further, implementation of certain types of data collection options (e.g., for-hire trip reporting of catch and effort, or a census of private boat landings of a species) require regulatory and compliance components. MRIP makes sure the result balances regional data collection needs and overall data quality for managing the nation's fisheries.