Through the Recreational Technical Committee, ACCSP works with its state and federal Partners to coordinate recreational fisheries data collection and identify opportunities for future integration across jurisdictions.
These activities include...
The Atlantic Regional Implementation Plan is intended to help NOAA Fisheries MRIP allocate resources strategically in the Atlantic coast region. The Plan ranks the top six priorities to make improvements in data coverage and precision while minimizing the reporting burden on fishermen.
ACCSP is committed to providing better data for stock assessment and management through the collaborative efforts of NOAA MRIP and state partners. ACCSP provides a forum for the states to develop coordinated regional guidance to MRIP and ACCSP participates on MRIP national committees.
For-Hire Data Support
Looking to increase the timeliness and availability of recreational catch and effort data, many agencies are changing reporting requirements for their for-hire sectors. ACCSP works with its Partners to solve data challenges specific to this sector, including the overlap of existing data collection programs and duplicate reporting.
MRIP-State Coordination: the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey
In 2016, ACCSP began coordinating state conduct of the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) from Maine to Georgia.
As the catch component of MRIP, the APAIS collects marine recreational fishing catch and effort data via in-person angler intercepts at specified public fishing access points. The ACCSP provides the central administration, coordination, and data processing capabilities for Maine through Georgia, and the states conduct the survey for their own waters while interacting with local fishermen.
APAIS Fact Sheet
ACCSP and State survey personnel use the Assignment Tracking Application to accomplish survey activities. Staff can access the ATA via the link provided below:
For-Hire Data Support
For-hire catch & effort data are collected via a combination of:
- For-Hire Telephone Survey
- Large Pelagic Survey
- Greater Atlantic Region
- SouthEast Region
- Highly Migratory Species Division
Several Atlantic states have instituted logbook programs to collect catch and effort data from for-hire fishing trips.
Between state and federal agencies along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastline, more than 20 individual programs collect data from the for-hire sector. While many of these programs have been created to fill a specific management need, the collected data often overlaps.
In 2016, ACCSP brought together representatives of these for-hire data collection programs to explore opportunities for data sharing and convergence in order to reduce duplicate reporting in the Atlantic and Gulf for-hire sector.
Percent Standard Error Project
In 2012, ACCSP initiated a project to establish recreational data PSE (precision) standards applicable to the various management needs of state and federal stakeholders.
With funding support through MRIP, the project developed a management strategy evaluation (MSE) model to evaluate how different levels of PSE affect the stock assessment and management of fisheries.
The project helped improve understanding of how recreational data precision impacts scientific uncertainty in stock assessments. Findings are summarized in its Final Report.