The user acknowledges that preliminary statistics will be revised before being posted as final, and that the direction and magnitude of revisions can not be predicted.

Recreational Fisheries Statistics Queries

Recent Updates

** The following wave-level estimates in the Catch Time Series query and Catch Snapshot Query have been updated to correctly incorporate the small sample size estimation method:

  • Total landings in weight (lbs)
  • Mean weight (lbs)
  • Mean length (in)

This correction applies only to the twelve CHARTER State cases with small sample estimates listed below and does not impact annual estimates, total landings/releases in numbers, weight estimates in kg, or mean length in mm.

  • Maine-Charter boat: 2013
  • New Hampshire-Charter boat: 2013
  • Rhode Island-Charter boat: 2013
  • Connecticut-Charter boat: 2013, 2014, 2015
  • New York-Charter boat: 2014, 2015
  • New Jersey-Charter boat: 2013
  • Virginia-Charter boat: 2013, 2014, 2015

** MRIP Survey data has been re-posted for 2004-2016 with the following changes:

  1. New information is available in our Survey Datasets: Unadjusted catch counts for all catch types (CLAIM_UNADJ, HARVEST_UNADJ, RELEASE_UNADJ). These fields are being added for informational purposes only. Estimates produced using these fields wi ll not match those available from the website
  2. Issues have been corrected with variables identifying cases where revised small sample estimates are available. This change impacts only 2013-2015 in the state and mode of fishing identified in the 8/15/2016 update to estimates.
Revised datasets are available on our downloads page.

** As a result of corrections to Intercept Survey data, a revised landings in weight estimate is available for Sheepshead in 2009 wave 4, Georgia Private/Rental mode.

** Revised catch estimates that address small sample size issues are now available for the following twelve cases:

  • Maine-Charter boat: 2013
  • New Hampshire-Charter boat: 2013
  • Rhode Island-Charter boat: 2013
  • Connecticut-Charter boat: 2013, 2014, 2015
  • New York-Charter boat: 2014, 2015
  • New Jersey-Charter boat: 2013
  • Virginia-Charter boat: 2013, 2014, 2015

Revised catch estimates for all species in these cases are only available at the annual level. Estimates at the 2–month wave level are not available from the MRIP catch queries (Snapshot, Time Series, Length Frequencies, or download).

Revised MRIP public–use survey datasets (trip,catch,size) have been posted on our downloads page along with updated domain estimation template programs.

These changes will not affect LPS catch queries or the HMS catch card queries.

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Data Additions and Updates

  • Preliminary estimates are available through Wave 6, 2016 for the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.  
  • Final estimates are available through 2015 for the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.
  • Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Catch Card data is available through 2015.
For details on updates please see our Estimate Updates page.   Additional data and information are available on our  Data Downloads page.

Please direct questions to the Fisheries Statistics Division at st1rec@noaa.gov.


Usage

The data from these queries is used by state, regional and federal fisheries scientists and managers to maintain healthy and sustainable fish stocks. To properly interpret this information, it is important to consider the following key points:

  • The percent standard error, or PSE, is a measure of precision presented with all estimates. Estimates should be viewed with increasing caution as PSEs increase beyond 25.  Large PSEs – those above 50 – indicate high variability around the estimate and therefore low precision. Estimates with large PSEs should be viewed cautiously.
  • When comparing catch estimates across an extended time series, note differences in sampling coverage through the years. Some estimates may not be comparable over long time series.
  • Weight estimates are minimums and may not reflect the actual total weight landed or harvested.  Tabular output provides the number of fish that are not represented by the weight estimate.

Changes may occur between preliminary and final estimates.  Please review the Limitations and Use of Data page for more information.

For other import tips on using MRIP data please see the Glossary.


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