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


Recreational Projects

For-Hire Inventory Project

Between state and federal agencies along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastline, more than 20 individual programs collect data from the for-hire sector. While many of these programs have been created to fill a specific management need, the collected data often overlaps. 

In 2016, the ACCSP brought together representatives of these for-hire data collection programs to explore opportunities for data sharing and convergence in order to reduce duplicate reporting in the Atlantic and Gulf for-hire sector. Before the workshop, an inventory of existing reporting programs was compiled and provided to workshop participants as background material. 

Inventory and comparison of for-hire data collections in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

At the workshop, participants discussed timeliness of for-hire reporting data collection programs, core common data elements needed, capabilities to move to electronic reporting, and opportunities for reducing duplicate reporting. The resuls of the workshop are summarized in the workshop summary.

Percent Standard Error (PSE) Project

The ACCSP Percent Standard Error (PSE) project began in 2012 to establish standards for PSE in the use of recreational data that are applicable to the various management needs of state and federal stakeholders. With funding support through the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), the project developed of a management strategy evaluation (MSE) model to evaluate how different levels of PSE affect the stock assessment and management of fisheries.  In this model there were 189 scenarios run at seven PSE levels, three life histories, three sizes of recreational fishery and three levels of fishing intensity.  This project has improved the understanding of how recreational data precision impacts scientific uncertainty in stock assessments, and provided guidance for use of PSE in stock assessments. Regarding management actions, the project identified common themes and recommendations for further exploration and development.

PSE Final Report


Supporting Documents



eLogbook is a web based application that collects data from private recreational anglers on a voluntary basis. eLogbook formulates summaries of information on all species caught by the angler. This valuable tool is a way to provide narrow strategies for any given set of conditions and is a more efficient way for anglers to take a look at the past and save the daily entries.