MRIP Talks with Anglers and Stakeholders in Florida

In their second stop on the MRIP Road Show, the Communications and Education team conducted a week-long series of meetings in Florida earlier this month to talk with recreational anglers and other stakeholders about the progress MRIP has made and its plans for the future.

The team met with charter boat captains and private recreational anglers on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to talk about ways we can better build trust and angler confidence in our recreational fishing data, and listened to their suggestions for and perceptions about MRIP's progress. The team also talked with anglers about the potential uses and statistical limitations of the data some anglers choose to collect and submit outside of our catch and effort surveys through programs like those offered by many states that encourage anglers to self-report information about their catch.

The goals of the Road Show are to ensure that we're effectively communicating what has been accomplished under MRIP, build a dialogue among partners and stakeholders around the direction the program is headed, and ensure that expectations of all parties are aligned with the on-the-ground realities of resources, needs, and priorities.

MRIP plans to head next to New England. If you'd like to organize or attend a meeting, please contact Forbes Darby at forbes.darby@noaa.gov.