Report Shows Saltwater Fishing Data for 2014

Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.
Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

A new report from NOAA Fisheries shows that coastal recreational fishing in the U.S. remained strong in 2014. Some 10.4 million saltwater anglers took 68 million trips and caught nearly 392 million fish in 2014, according to the study.

Data gathered through a combination of survey methods, including coastal household telephone surveys and dockside surveys of recreational fishermen, showed that anglers released more than 60% of these fish alive. An estimated 157 million fish were kept, weighing 186 million pounds.

Recreational anglers caught 24 million pounds of striped bass in 2014, making it their top coastal catch. Striped bass, bluefish, yellowfin tuna, dolphin fish and summer flounder were the top 5 recreational species ranked by pounds landed.

The 2014 Fisheries of the US report is available online, as is the 2013 Fisheries of the US report.