Since 1983, recreational fisheries catch and effort data have been collected along the Atlantic Coast through NOAA Fisheries' Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). DMF has managed the at-sea head boat survey segment for Massachusetts waters since 2003. In 2013, we assumed the shore-side sampling of charter vessels, shore anglers, and private/rental vessel anglers. The benefit of doing so include the ability to increase sample size and the precision of catch estimates.
- Catch data on species, including numbers landed, released, and discarded
- Demographic and avidity information
- Length and weight measurements of whole harvested fish
Through MRIP, the Division collects crucial information from recreational anglers that assists in the development of fishery management plans.