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Recreational Fishing


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.

Marine Recreational Information Program 

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.

Learn more about the Marine Recreational Information Program

Stock Assessments 

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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Recreational Fisheries Economics 

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.

Learn more about how we use economic data