Effective recreational fisheries management starts with accurate scientific information about fish and fisheries. Through stock assessments and information from recreational fishermen on their fishing trips and catch along with other information, we can assess and maintain sustainable U.S. fish stocks. And we collect economic data to help us understand the impacts of marine recreational fisheries.
The Marine Recreational Information Program is the state-regional-federal partnership responsible for developing, improving, and implementing surveys that measure how many trips saltwater anglers take and how many fish they catch. This vital information, combined with other data such as commercial catch and biological research, enables scientists and managers to assess and maintain sustainable U.S. fish stocks.
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NOAA Fisheries’ scientific stock assessments are critical to modern fisheries management. Using data gathered from fishermen and our own on-the-water scientific observations, a stock assessment describes the past and current status of a fish population or stock, answers questions about the size of the stock, and makes predictions about how a fishery will respond to current and future management measures.
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We collect economic data, develop economic models, and conduct analyses to describe the economic impacts associated with marine recreational fisheries, to estimate the level and distribution of benefits derived from those fisheries, to understand and predict the behavior of recreational fisheries participants, and to understand the outcomes of alternative management actions on recreational fisheries and their participants.
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In this age of open data, a wealth of up-to-date and user-friendly information is just a few clicks away. But what does this digital revolution mean for U.S. fisheries? In the Chesapeake Bay, NOAA Fisheries buoys help marine scientists, fishermen,...
Please join us for a workshop to discuss ways to improve the recreational fishery management process in New England.
We recognize that the current process for setting management measures is not meeting all the needs of the various groups within the recreational community.
We would like to hear your ideas on how the process of setting seasons, bag limits, and minimum sizes for federally managed recreational fisheries could work better.
RSVP: Moira Kelly (Moira.Kelly@noaa.gov; 978-281-9218).
Report also shows U.S. imported more seafood in 2016, much of that farm raised
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.
Fishing in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands federal waters