As a part of the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018, NOAA Fisheries is able to provide the Pacific, Gulf, and Atlantic coasts an additional $3 million per year to assist improvement of data collection for recreational fisheries through state partnerships.

NOAA fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) helps to improve data collection through partnerships with Regional Implementation Teams, including ACCSP as the Atlantic Implementation Team to conduct surveys supporting estimates of effort and catch.

ACCSP will be allocated $900,000 to improve the precision of landings and discard estimates, primarily through increases in dockside sampling in the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey.  The funds are being distributed by state, based on species diversity and season length, to strategically improve precision of estimates.  State staff are involved in determining sampling by wave and fishing mode (Private boats, for-hire boats, and shore fishing). 

For the full NOAA Fisheries article, please visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USNOAAFISHERIES/bulletins/28f16bb