Atlantic MRIP Regional Implementation Plan
This Regional Implementation Plan informs recreational fishing data collection efforts from Maine to Florida.
The MRIP Regional Implementation Plan for the Atlantic Coast (2023-2027) informs the Marine Recreational Information Program's work from Maine to Florida. It was developed by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program, which is a state-federal cooperative program to collect, manage, and disseminate statistical data and information on the marine and estuarine commercial and recreational fisheries of the Atlantic Coast. The plan includes an assessment of regional data collection programs and a list of regional implementation priorities to meet recreational data needs.
MRIP operates as a state-regional-federal partnership.
- NOAA Fisheries maintains a central role in developing data collection and estimation methods, implementing survey and data standards, publishing recreational data products, and providing our partners with financial and technical support.
- Regional and state partners identify regional information needs, coordinate survey operations and on-site data collection, and participate in quality assurance and quality control.
Atlantic Coast Prioritized Activities
- Improved precision and presentation of MRIP estimates.
- Comprehensive for-hire data collection and monitoring.
- Improved recreational fishery discard and release data.
- Improved timeliness of MRIP recreational catch and harvest estimates.
- Expanded biological sampling of recreational fisheries.
- Improved in-season monitoring.