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


Recreational Fisheries

Recreational data collection has changed considerably since the ACCSP’s Recreational Technical Committee (RTC) first developed recreational data collection standards back in 2004. As both state and federal recreational data collection programs have evolved in response to management needs, the ACCSP’s RTC has taken on a more active role in policy development and the testing of new methodologies.

As a body comprised of state, federal, Commission, and council representatives, the RTC is well-placed to coordinate cross-jurisdictional improvements to recreational data collections’ quality and coverage. Members help design and test new recreational data collection techniques and work together to update the Atlantic Coast Recreational Data Standards in response to changing methodologies and management needs.

2012 Recreational Data Standards


Recreational Data


Learn how you can voluntarily report your recreational fishing activity using ACCSP's reporting tools. 

  • Recreational Projects

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    The Program works with the Partners on for-hire data collection and validation pilot projects, including the development of several tools to make recreational data collection easier.

  • APAIS Coordination

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    ACCSP coordinates state conduct of the MRIP's Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) from Maine to Georgia.

  • Atlantic Implementation Plan

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    Developed by the Recreational Technical Committee, this plan is intended to help NOAA Fisheries MRIP allocate resources strategically in the Atlantic coast region.