Marine Recreational Information Program

The Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) collects recreational fisheries catch and effort data along the Massachusetts coastline for inclusion in this program.

About MRIP

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.

MRIP survey