The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) would like to congratulate our Gulf Fisheries Information Network (GulfFIN) friends for implementing a tablet-based system for dockside samplers to use during the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) earlier this year, on March 1st.

The transition to electronic reporting is important because it improves the speed and accuracy of field interviews which reduces the burden on anglers and allows for more data to be collected. Data are also processed significantly quicker through an automated electronic reporting tool, which reduces staff burden and reduces the recall biases of data editing. The ACCSP was eager to provide support for the tablet implementation to GulfFIN by sharing software and expertise developed through a similar rollout on the Atlantic Coast in 2019.

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