The report affirmed that NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program data “are critically important for fisheries management.”
On Wednesday, November 17, from 2-3:30 pm EST, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a stakeholder briefing on its new study, Data and Management Strategies for Recreational Fisheries With Annual Catch Limits.
This virtual briefing, led by the study’s chair and committee members, will be open to the public and include a Q&A session. Attendees can register for free at Eventbrite.
The report provided 34 conclusions regarding the utility and potential improvements for current data and management tools for recreational fisheries with annual catch limits. Based on these conclusions, the report provided 10 recommendations for better meeting in-season management needs. Many of those recommendations are collaborative. They are directed at both NOAA Fisheries and our partners at state fish and wildlife agencies, interstate marine fisheries commissions, and regional fishery management councils.
The report was called for by the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018. It was a follow-up to a 2017 National Academies independent, expert review of the Marine Recreational Information Program, which recognized the agency for making “impressive progress” and “major improvements” to its survey designs.
The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) is the state-regional-federal partnership responsible for developing, improving, and implementing surveys that measure how many trips saltwater anglers take and how many fish they catch.