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


As of wave 1, 2018, NOAA Fisheries has completed the transition from the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS) to the mail-based Fishing Effort Survey (FES) to estimate the number of shore and private boat fishing trips on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. For 2018, all estimates for private boat and shore fishing modes will be based on the FES.

A peer-reviewed calibration model was developed to ensure continuity between the CHTS and FES over the historical time series of effort data, 1981-2017. The FES calibrated historical data will be available to scientists and the public in summer 2018. Until this work is completed, private boat and shore mode catch and effort estimates prior to 2018 will not be directly comparable with the estimates in 2018.

HMS Catch Card Query: Species common name and class were standardized and corrected  in the North Carolina and Maryland  HMS catch card data from 1999  to 2017.

This update does NOT impact LPS or MRIP estimates. Please see the estimate updates page for more information.


Vessel Trip Reports (VTR) are now used in the production of Preliminary estimates for the Atlantic Coast. The change was effective beginning in wave 2, 2017.


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Data Additions and Updates

  • Final estimates are available through 2017 for the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.
  • Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Catch Card data is available through 2017.
For details on updates please see our Estimate Updates page.   Additional data and information are available on our  Data Downloads page.

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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 other sections on the Using the Data page for more information.

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

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