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A data collection program aimed at getting reports from recreational anglers to improve stock assessments of Red Snapper is underway and 3 states' plans have already been certified by NOAA.  This is the chance to improve "the count" if we will all take the time to report.  If not, the feds just take control back.

 

NOAA Fisheries, Gulf States Prioritize Integrating, Calibrating Recreational Red Snapper Data




At a recent workshop, Marine Recreational Information Program partners discussed how data collected by general and specialized recreational fishing surveys can help deliver more timely and precise catch estimates for Gulf red snapper.
The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) partnership took another step toward delivering more timely and precise estimates of Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper catch and effort. At a September workshop co-hosted by MRIP and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission, scientists and managers from state agencies, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, NOAA Fisheries, and independent statistical consultants sought to identify the best way to use data collected by specialized and general state-federal surveys to monitor recreational catches of Gulf red snapper, as needed to support stock assessments and fishery management.


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  • limitlesslimitless Senior Member Posts: 707 Officer
    Part two:


    The Red Snapper Survey Designs Workshop IV was the latest in a series, dating back to 2014, focused on finding ways to better monitor catches during short federal and state fishing seasons for one of the Gulf's most popular fish. NOAA Fisheries and its Gulf state and regional partners have spent the past several years working closely to develop survey designs that address federal and state management needs for more timely and statistically precise catch statistics.
    Since last December, NOAA Fisheries has certified designs for three surveys in the Gulf of Mexico: Louisiana's all species, general survey, LA Creel; Mississippi's red snapper-specific Tails n' Scales; and Alabama's red snapper-specific Snapper Check. Florida's Gulf Reef Fish Survey, which supplements MRIP's general surveys for a limited group of reef fish species, is expected to be certified later this year. Each survey uses a different methodology to gather data and produce estimates based on the unique characteristics of the state's fishery.
    "This is all part of a comprehensive, collaborative, and rigorous process to ensure sound and effective science and management of Gulf red snapper," said Gregg Bray, GulfFIN program coordinator for the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. "It's so important to have the leadership and local knowledge of the states, the collaborative strength of GulfFIN, and the financial and technical resources of NOAA Fisheries. That's the real value of the MRIP partnership."
    The MRIP state surveys are designed to improve regional monitoring of the recreational red snapper catch and effort. Estimates from these surveys can be used for federal scientific stock assessments and fishery management once there is a transition plan that describes how to integrate state and general data, and how to calibrate new and historical catch and effort estimates.
    During the workshop, participants were introduced to several options for integrating data collected by the specialized and general MRIP surveys and for calibrating estimates generated by the new integrated survey approaches against estimates based only on the general surveys. Calibrations will be needed to ensure that red snapper catch estimates produced by different survey designs can be converted into a common currency for use in stock assessments and management.
    As a next step, the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission will coordinate the delivery of survey data and estimates to a team of independent statistical consultants who will explore the integration and calibration methodologies put forward at the workshop. The need for a follow-up workshop to present and discuss the results of the analysis is under consideration for early 2019. A workshop summary is being prepared and consultants are expected to provide a report following the completion of their analysis.

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    The Snook & Gamefish Foundation is now the Angler Action Program: http://angleractionfoundation.com/  Dedicated to Conservation and Education.  Please check us out.

    Angler Action Program: IAngler app trip log on your phone

  • ferris1248ferris1248 Moderator Posts: 25,080 Moderator
    Thanks Limitless. 

    That's good info.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • JTRJTR Senior Member TallahasseePosts: 1,188 Officer
    Don't have any confidence in the data collection as the results will be twisted to fit the narrative.

    But, I will participate as I have always done.
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Moderator Posts: 25,080 Moderator
    I hope not JTR. The surveys are being run by the states instead of the feds. Hopefully we'll get some valid data.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • limitlesslimitless Senior Member Posts: 707 Officer
    JTR, the Angler Action Foundation (formerly the Snook Foundation) has been working with FWC for a few years now to develop a platform to make it easy to perfect data collection and some top tier fisheries biologists and tech scientists are working on an algorithm to far more accurately determine the assessment of fishery stock.  The great news is the newly passed fisheries act will further this kind of states' management impact.  Thank for your willingness to participate; this only works if rec anglers will voluntarily report the details of their trips including, catch, kept fish, released, by-catch, conditions, general area, etc. 

    The Snook & Gamefish Foundation is now the Angler Action Program: http://angleractionfoundation.com/  Dedicated to Conservation and Education.  Please check us out.

    Angler Action Program: IAngler app trip log on your phone

  • tapatetapate Senior Member SowegaPosts: 5,263 Admiral
    Wouldn’t have anything to report. With the short seasons it’s been hard to line anything up to go. I’ve been down 3x in the last two years only to get winded out the day of. 

    I got to hit Publix for snapper. That’s sad. 
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet Senior Member TallahasseePosts: 5,807 Admiral
    I thought the 40 day season was pretty good last year. We easily limited every trip and didn’t  have to go deeper than about 55’. I caught some pigs a few weeks back in state waters fishing for gags 
    You should have been here yesterday
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