MRIP Regional Implementation Plan for the Pacific Islands
This Regional Implementation Plan informs non-commercial data collection efforts in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The MRIP Regional Implementation Plan for the Pacific Islands (2018-2022) (PDF, 30 pages) informs the Marine Recreational Information Program's work in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It was developed by MRIP's Pacific Islands Regional Implementation Team, which includes representatives from:
- NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office
- NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
- Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council
- Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources
- American Samoa Department of Marine Wildlife Resources
- Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources
- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Lands and Natural Resources.
It includes an assessment of regional data collection programs and a list of regional implementation priorities to meet non-commercial data needs.
The Marine Recreational Information Program 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, state, and territorial partners identify regional information needs, coordinate survey operations and on-site data collection, and participate in quality assurance and quality control.
Pacific Islands Regional Implementation Priorities
The MRIP Regional Implementation Plan for the Pacific Islands (2018-2022) identifies the following priorities:
- Conduct an expert technical review of the Territorial creel surveys.
- Complete the review process and secure MRIP certifications for the recommended regional survey designs.
- Provide full funding for the surveys that meet the minimum survey standards for Hawaii, American Samoa, and the Mariana Archipelago.
- Improve the timeliness of non-commercial catch estimates.
- Develop an algorithm that extracts the non-commercial component of the total creel survey catch estimates.
- Develop a mobile data entry system to support near-real time reporting.