The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) is the principal source of dependable and timely marine fishery statistics for Atlantic coast fisheries


Atlantic Coast Recreational Implementation Plan

NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Implementation Program (MRIP) is responsible for the collection of marine recreational fishing data in the U.S. Collected through angler intercepts and telephone surveys, the data are used to estimate recreational catch and effort coastwide. In 2016, MRIP requested the ACCSP RTC’s input on priorities for improving recreational data collection in the Atlantic region.

In response, the RTC produced the Atlantic Coast Recreational Implementation Plan, a document which describes the current state of recreational data collection programs along the coast and identifies the top six priorities for improving recreational data collection on the Atlantic coast over the next five years. The plan will help MRIP allocate resources strategically by addressing the data needs of fishery assessors and managers in the Atlantic coast region

6 Priorities:

  1. Improve precision (PSE) of MRIP catch estimates
  2. Comprehensive for-hire data collection and monitoring
  3. Improved recreational fishery discard and release data
  4. Biological sampling for recreational fisheries separate from MRIP APAIS
  5. Improved spatial resolution and technical guidance for post-stratification of MRIP estimates
  6. Improved timeliness of recreational catch and harvest estimates


View the full Atlantic Coast Recreational Implementation Plan