MRIP is continuously working to improve how we collect, analyze, and report information. Through improvements to current methods and the development of new methods, MRIP supports the monitoring tools needed to accurately track fishing catch and effort in each region. The process used to develop and implement improvements, outlined below, ensures that each recommended change adheres to rigorous national standards, while remaining flexible enough to meet unique regional needs. This is a continuous process and MRIP is working with its partners to ensure the highest quality data for use in fisheries management.
As results of pilot studies emerge, the MRIP Regional Implementation Teams (the Fisheries Information Networks (FINs) and their equivalents) review and select the methods best suited to their fisheries and other needs. The Regional Management Teams will continue to evaluate the possibilities of broadening the application of those methods, consistent with available funding, to attempt to improve coverage and/or bring more resolution to spatial and temporal monitoring.