The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) is the principal source of dependable and timely marine fishery statistics for Atlantic coast fisheries


Recreational Fisheries

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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.

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Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS)

Beginning in 2016, all coastal states from Maine through Georgia will transition to conducting the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) to collect information on marine recreational fishing catch and effort data in their own waters. APAIS, which is a component of the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), has been administered by NOAA Fisheries through a third party contractor. Over the past decade several states (e.g., Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia) have successfully improved data quality, and stakeholder confidence in that data, through greater state involvement with APAIS contractors.

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Percent Standard Error (PSE) Project

The ACCSP Percent Standard Error (PSE) project began in 2012 to establish standards for PSE in the use of recreational data that are applicable to the various management needs of state and federal stakeholders. With funding support through the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), the project developed of a management strategy evaluation (MSE) model to evaluate how different levels of PSE affect the stock assessment and management of fisheries.  In this model there were 189 scenarios run at seven PSE levels, three life histories, three sizes of recreational fishery and three levels of fishing intensity.  This project has improved the understanding of how recreational data precision impacts scientific uncertainty in stock assessments, and provided guidance for use of PSE in stock assessments. Regarding management actions, the project identified common themes and recommendations for further exploration and development.

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eLogbook is a web based application that collects data from private recreational anglers on a voluntary basis. eLogbook formulates summaries of information on all species caught by the angler. This valuable tool is a way to provide narrow strategies for any given set of conditions and is a more efficient way for anglers to take a look at the past and save the daily entries.

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