Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) Survey

The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) is a state-regional-federal partnership that develops, improves and implements a network of surveys to measure total recreational fishing catch.  Through these surveys, anglers and captains report the number of recreational fishing trips taken and the number of fish caught to NOAA Fisheries and state and regional partners.  These recreational catch and effort estimates help scientists and managers assess and maintain sustainable fish stocks.

The MRIP consists of several independent, yet complimentary surveys:

  • The Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) is an intercept survey conducted at public marine fishing access points (i.e. boat ramps, piers, beaches, jetties, marinas etc.).  This survery estimates catch per unit effort in all fishing modes.
  • The Fishing Effort Survey (FES) is a mail based survey which estimates recreational shore and private boat fishing effort by utilizing the US Postal Service's list of residential addresses and the list of mailing addresses provided by licensed or registered anglers.
  • The For-hire Telephone Survey (FHTS) is designed to assess for-hire charter and headboat fishing effort.
  • The Large Pelagics Survey (LPS) collects information on large pelagic fishes (tuna and sharks in Maine).