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Upcoming Workshop to Focus on Improving Estimates of Recreational Fishing Effort

May 23, 2024

FB24-034: Southeast Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Gregg Bray, 228-232-0404, gbray@gsmfc.org or Frank Helies, 727-209-5988, Frank.Helies@noaa.gov

Key Message:

The Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, with support from NOAA Fisheries and other federal, regional, and state partners, is hosting a workshop to identify new, feasible ways to validate the accuracy of current recreational fishing effort estimates.  The workshop will identify projects for estimating fishing effort from private recreational vessels that can be used to validate and/or replace existing approaches.  Selected projects would be implemented in 2025 or 2026.  The meeting agenda will be available on the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission website under Upcoming Meetings and the NOAA Fisheries event page.


Hilton Riverside, New Orleans (Two Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130), and virtual
June 4 - 6, 2024, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT


Inflation Reduction Act funding has been allocated for the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission to host a workshop to improve recreational fishing effort estimates.  These estimates represent one of the greatest sources of uncertainty in total recreational catch.  With multiple recreational surveys (federal and state) in place in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic, we have observed large differences in the amount of estimated recreational fishing effort between the various surveys. 

IRA funding will be used to address scientific and management uncertainty in recreational catch statistics for red snapper and dozens of other species.  Our joint intention is to set the gold standard for validation and improvement of state and federal recreational data collection to provide better measures of catch, effort, and discards.  This will benefit millions of anglers in the world’s largest recreational fisheries. 

The workshop will focus on reviewing existing approaches and methods for estimating recreational fishing effort; exploring new, non-traditional methods that could be used for effort estimation; and recommending priority research studies to validate and improve effort estimates.  A draft work plan will be developed to fund projects throughout the Southeast in 2025 and 2026. 


Sign Up for Text Message Alerts - Find Out About Immediate Openings and Closures

NOAA's Text Message Alert Program allows you to receive important fishery-related alerts via text message (SMS).  Standard message & data rates may apply. You may opt out at any time.

Text alerts you may receive include:

  • Immediate fishery openings and closures
  • Any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly


Sign up for one or more of the following groups:

  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries-Related Alerts
    • Text CARIBFISH to 888777


Quick Glance Contact List for the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office

Permits Mailbox: The Permits Office in St. Petersburg, Florida, now has a Permits mailbox in the front lobby (263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701).  You can now drop off original permits for permit transfers.  Envelopes with information labels will be provided so that your documents can be attached to the correct application.  The mailbox will be checked daily.  For more information, contact the Permits Office at 877-376-4877.

Media Contact: Meaghan Emory, 786-909-6079

Recreational Fishing Coordinator: Sean Meehan, 727-385-5202 

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on May 23, 2024