Today, NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program published its 2022 Implementation Plan Update, which highlights the program’s 2021 milestones and 2022 priorities.
Since its first implementation plan was adopted in 2008, annual updates have described the program’s approach toward ensuring sound science, providing quality products that meet science and management needs, and increasing partner, customer, and public understanding of its work. In addition to these strategic goals, the program’s priorities are informed by the needs of its Regional Implementation Teams and the provisions in the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act, or Modern Fish Act, of 2018.
“The Modern Fish Act helps guide the Marine Recreational Information Program as it builds on its foundation of sound science and state-federal collaboration,” said Dr. Richard Cody, chief of the Office of Science and Technology’s Fisheries Statistics Division. “It reaffirms the program’s commitment to enhancing its existing state-federal partnerships and responding to recommendations from two reviews by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. These provisions will be a key part of our work in 2022, and will ultimately support the program’s ongoing work to implement statistically sound surveys and produce high-quality catch and effort estimates in collaboration with our state and regional partners.”
In accordance with the Modern Fish Act, NOAA Fisheries prepared two reports for Congress in 2021. The first describes the program’s plans to enhance state-federal data collection partnerships. The second describes the program’s progress toward addressing the recommendations of a 2017 National Academies review. In 2022, NOAA Fisheries will prepare a report to Congress that details the program’s plans to address the recommendations of the National Academies’ 2021 report, Data and Management Strategies for Recreational Fisheries with Annual Catch Limits.
To learn more about the program’s highlighted accomplishments and priorities, read our web feature. To access a complete list of the program’s goals, accomplishments, and priorities, read our 2022 Implementation Plan Update.