NOAA Fisheries Releases Revised Recreational Catch Estimates

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NOAA has released recalculated recreational catch estimates for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts going back to 2004 using what it says is an improved estimation method. The new method is part of NOAA’s overall work to improve the accuracy of the recreational catch data it collects and reports—and which it uses to set recreational catch limits and quotas.

According to NOAA, the improved methodology addresses a key issue identified in the 2006 report by the National Research Council, which identified a mismatch between the way NOAA gather information from anglers and how it uses those data to generate estimates.

NOAA has developed a suite of outreach materials to help answer questions and facilitate discussion about the new methodology and its impacts.

The materials include:

  • A fact sheet that explains the new methodology, analyzes its effects on four species in a series of case studies, and outlines NOAA Fisheries’ strategy for transitioning to the improved numbers.
  • A video in which NOAA Fisheries representatives, regional partners, stakeholders and outside experts offer a more in-depth look at the process of the re-estimation, what it will mean for the recreational fishing community, and what will come next.
  • A presentation to read over and share with others that explains the new estimation work and a schedule for future improvements.
  • A data query tool to allow for user-friendly comparisons of the improved MRIP estimates and previously reported MRFSS numbers. Just select “MRFSS/MRIP Comparisons” from the drop-down menu.

This suite of materials is now available on MRIP’s website.

The Marine Recreational Information Program

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