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NOAA Fisheries Produces Cumulative Recreational Fisheries Estimates to Improve Data Quality

NOAA Fisheries is taking measures to improve the quality of the recreational fishing data we provide.

We are transitioning from producing estimates for catch and effort in 2-month increments, or waves, to producing cumulative estimates to meet our commitment to providing quality data in line with our survey and data standards. This increases our sample sizes, thereby producing more reliable estimates that improve in precision throughout the year.

To better serve our data users and partners, we are also providing new fishing-year query options in addition to the traditional calendar-year option.

This includes cumulative catch and effort estimates for the following fishing years:

  • March (March 1–February 28)
  • May (May 1–April 30)
  • July (July 1–June 30)
  • September (September 1–August 31)
  • November (November 1–October 31)

These fishing year options were added to support data users who manage fisheries that don’t align with the calendar year, reducing the need to produce custom estimates.

Our survey and data standards guide the design, improvement, and quality of data produced by the national network of recreational fishing surveys. The standards were established in 2020 and are being implemented in a phased approach to allow stock assessors and fisheries managers time to adapt to the updates.

We remain committed to providing our partners and data users with the support necessary to help inform and improve fisheries management. This includes exploring ways to improve estimates for data-limited fisheries.

For more information, please view our Survey and Data Standards FAQs.

About MRIP

NOAA Fisheries’ recreational fishing data collection program—the Marine Recreational Information Program—is the state-regional-federal partnership that develops, implements, and continually improves a national network of recreational fishing surveys to provide estimates of recreational catch and effort. These estimates are used to inform stock assessments and fisheries management decisions.

Do you have a question about recreational fishing data collection or estimation? Email our team at or visit

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