The partners have produced standards for how catch and effort data for Atlantic coast fisheries should be collected. The standards are the result of discussions and consensus of all partners and represent years of planning, testing, and analysis. The standards for commercial fisheries provide a basis for partners to adjust regulations and implement commercial standards coastwide. Recreational and for-hire fisheries standards have been updated in coordination with the revisions to MRIP. The standards for the recreational and for-hire components set baseline methodology and sampling levels to meet coastwide, regional, and state specific management needs.
The standards for commercial catch and effort statistics on the Atlantic coast include mandatory, trip level reporting of all commercially harvested marine species, with fishermen and/or dealers required to report standardized data elements for each trip by the tenth of the following month.
These standards provide target levels of data collection. The Recreational Technical Committee understands these standards have cost implications to implement. The Recreational Technical Committee will develop priorities for each region and present for approval to the Coordinating Council.
The collection of for-hire modes of recreational catch statistics shall be accomplished via a combination of effort surveys, validation of effort, catch accounting via intercept surveys, and at-sea observation. Where appropriate, some segments may be evaluated as a census.
The ACCSP is a cooperative state-federal program that designs, implements, and conducts marine fisheries statistics data collection programs and integrates those data into a single data management system that will meet the needs of fishery managers, scientists, and fishermen