We are continuously working to improve how we collect, analyze, and report information. Through improvements to current methods, the development of new approaches, and the integration of emerging technologies, the Marine Recreational Information Program supports the monitoring tools needed to accurately track fishing catch and effort in each region.
To ensure the highest quality data for use in fisheries management, we work with our partners in a continuous process to develop and implement improvements. The process produces recommended changes that adhere to rigorous national standards, while remaining flexible enough to meet unique regional needs.
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Our success is based on vital input from our state and regional partners, stakeholders, and external reviews. To ensure that management decisions are made with the most accurate information possible, we are committed to ongoing improvements to our survey and estimation methods.
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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.
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To promote nationwide consistency in recreational catch and effort data, we use 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 our state and regional partners.
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Authority: The collection of this information is authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1852 et. seq.) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975.
Purpose: Collection of recreational fisheries...
Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. The 2016 report provides landings totals for both domestic recreational and commercial fisheries by species and allows us to track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports. These statistics provide valuable insights — but to fully understand the overall condition of our fisheries, they must be looked at in combination with other biological, social, and economic factors of ecosystem and ocean health.
We conduct a wide range of surveys and associated economic analyses to assess the costs and benefits of fisheries management decisions. These analyses directly support our stewardship goal of maximizing benefits to the nation while ensuring the long-term...
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NOAA Fisheries estimates recreational fishing catch by surveying a random sample of anglers as they complete their fishing trips. We use the public access fishing site register to help us determine where to send our samplers.
NOAA Fisheries maintains...