MRFSS Survey Data (SAS, CSV)
INTERCEPT: Includes survey data collected by the shore-based angler intercept surveys. The list of sites used for the APAIS survey, along with detailed descriptive information about each site, is available in the Site Register.
I1: Angler information
I2: Unavailable catch
I3: Available catch
I4: Grouped-catch followers
I6: Boat-party followers
I9: At-sea Discards
TELEPHONE: Includes survey data collected through the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS):
T1: Household information
T2: Angler information
T3: Trip information
For variable descriptions, download the survey appendices available on the Survey Details page.
MRIP Survey Data (SAS, CSV) - Available for years 2004+ only
Each survey data zip file, PS_YYYY.zip, contains three files per year/wave.
TRIP_YYYYW.sas7bdat - Trip level data (analogous to MRFSS i1 dataset) and variables required for use in estimation. Contains one record per angler-trip interview (identified by id_code).
CATCH_YYYYW.sas7bdat - Catch level data and variables required for use in estimation. Contains one record per species for every angler-trip interview.
SIZE_YYYYW.sas7bdat - Fish level length and weight data and variables required for use in estimation. Contains one record per fish caught and measured or weighed by interviewer.
For more information on each type of file, see MRIP Read Me. Variable formats and descriptions can be found in MRIP_Survey_Variables.
Preliminary estimates are produced every two months, and final (revised) estimates each spring.
All preliminary data is subject to change and will likely be revised prior to being posted as final. The direction and magnitude of such revisions are unpredictable. Please familiarize yourself with the limitations and use of preliminary data.
Click on the links below to access the desired estimates.
MRFSS Estimates (SAS, CSV)
MRFSS estimates are available for the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts through 2003, Puerto Rico through 2013, and Hawaii through present.
MRFSS estimate downloads are separated by coast, combined Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico data are annotated with "AG", Gulf-only data with "GU", and Pacific data with "PC". Some downloads may have been produced in the past, but are not currently available. Legacy data for the MRFSS program are provided in a different format and the current MRIP data.
MRFSS estimates do not include revised estimates produced under the MRIP program.
MRIP Estimates (SAS, CSV)
MRIP estimates are available for the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts beginning in 2004, Puerto Rico beginning in 2014.
Variable formats and descriptions can be found in MRIP_Estimates_Variables.
MRIP Template Programs
MRIP survey datasets are optimized for use by the MRIP programs, and other files available on our website are not compatible with these programs.The programs can be modified to run for custom domain analyses. A domain is defined as a sub-level (usually geographic) of the stratified estimation design. Typically, these are sub-state geographic divisions based on county groups, or even sampled site groups if the domain cannot be defined by county borders.
MRIP template programs should be used only with MRIP survey datasets currently available for years 2004+ only. For more information on each program and the datasets required to run them, see MRIP Read Me.
To download the MRIP Template programs, please RIGHT CLICK the template program filename below and select SAVE LINK AS.
MRIP catch estimation for custom domains. This is a template program for estimating catch totals using the MRIP public-use datasets. The program is setup to use information in the trip_yyyyw dataset to define custom domains. The catches are estimated within the domains by merging the trip information onto the catch_yyyyw datasets. See program for additional information
Direct Trip Estimation
MRIP directed angler-trips (effort) for custom domains. This is a template program for estimating directed trips using the MRIP public-use datasets.The program is setup to use trip_yyyyw datasets to define custom domains and estimate total angler-trips within domains. Catch information can be used in defining the domains by merging the catch_yyyyw datasets onto the trip_yyyyw datasets. See program for additional information.
MRIP length frequencies for single species within custom domains. This is a template program for estimating length frequencies using the MRIP public-use datasets. The program is setup to calculate length frequencies (in numbers of fish and as proportions) using the size_yyyyw datasets. Custom estimation domains may be defined by merging trip information from the trip_yyyyw datasets onto the size datasets. See program for additional information.
Large Pelagic Survey Data and Estimates (SAS, CSV)
CATCH_YYYYMM - Catch level data and variables required for use in estimation. Each record contains catch totals by major catch types (kept, released alive, or discarded dead) in numbers.
MAIN_YYYYMM - Boat level data and variables required for use in estimation. Contains one record for each respondent interviewed.
SIZE_YYYYMM - Fish level length and weight data and variables required for use in estimation. Contains one record per fish caught and measured or weighed by interviewer.
Note: All data pre 2011 are not broken into monthly data sets. For example Catch_2010, Main_2010, and Size_2010 contain all catch data from June-November for 2010.
LPTS_YYYYMMM - The Large Pelagics Telephone Survey dataset is used for Private mode effort estimates. A record is created for each trip profiled.
Note: All data pre 2011 are not broken into monthly data sets. For example LPTS_2010, contains all effort data from June-November for 2010. The LPTS 2002 data set is not currently available for download due to formatting issues. It will be provided at a later date.
All Estimate Datasets
All_ests_YYYY - Catch and effort estimates by month, mode, region, and species.
The Large Pelagic Survey is conducted only in Atlantic coast states from Virginia through Maine. To complement NOAA Fisheries HMS management, these states are divvied into two regions: Southern (Virginia through Southern New Jersey) and Northern (Northern New Jersey through Maine). New Jersey is divided along the border of Atlantic and Ocean counties. Due to the limited scale of recreational LPS fishing, several states are combined into two state groups: Maryland/Delaware, Connecticut/Rhode Island, and New Hampshire/Maine.
For more information on each type of file and the data available, please see the information available here.