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New Plan To Improve Recreational Fisheries Data Collection On Gulf Coast

This collaborative plan highlights six priorities, including improved timeliness of recreational catch and effort estimates, improved discard data, and streamlining for-hire data collection
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NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Information Network (GulfFIN) have released GulfFIN’s Regional Implementation Plan. This plan will guide the allocation of agency and partner resources, including funding and research. These resources will address the recreational fishing data needs and priorities over the next several years for Gulf Coast stock assessors and managers.

“This plan was collaboratively developed by those with local expertise and knowledge of the recreational fishing data collection opportunities and challenges along the Gulf Coast, and we are truly appreciative of the hard work our partners put into developing this plan,” said Evan Howell, director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology. “This plan builds upon existing partnership improvement efforts.”

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