MRIP is conducting a Road Show this spring and summer to meet with constituents along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The meetings provide anglers and other stakeholders the opportunity to pose questions, share their ideas and concerns, and learn the latest MRIP news.
The Communications and Education Team began its Road Show with a series of listening sessions, both formal and informal, with recreational fishermen in New Jersey at the beginning of April. We traveled up and down the state's coastline to meet with tackle shop owners, fishing groups, recreational fishing advocates, members of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Marine Fisheries Division, and everyday anglers from all walks of life.
Several projects improving survey methods on the Pacific coasts have been funded. These include exploring alternative methods of data collection in Hawaii that address their unique recreational fishing community, developing a new design for shore and estuary-boat surveys in Oregon, and resigning California's methods for surveying anglers at manmade structures and private access sites.
For more information on all of MRIP's pilot projects, please visit http://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov/projects/index.html.
Coming Soon: A new searchable database of past, current and future MRIP projects.