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Marine Angler Surveys


The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) is a nation-wide program by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to establish a reliable database for estimating the impact of recreational fishing on saltwater fish resources. This survey is conducted in all U.S. coastal states. The information is used by Fishery Management Councils, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), as well as Federal and State resource agencies to create fishery management plans and to evaluate the impact of fishing regulations.

Estimates generated from the MRIP include the:

  • total number of fish caught, released and harvested;
  • weight of the harvest;
  • total number of angler trips;
  • number of marine recreational anglers.

In Connecticut, the Marine Fisheries Division conducts this fishing survey. CT DEEP staff will ask you questions including: where you were fishing; how long you were fishing; what species you were fishing for; how many did you catch and release; can we measure and weigh your kept fish; what town do you live in; how often do you fish, your name and phone number.


The Marine Fisheries Division is seeking marine recreational anglers who will volunteer to participate in the Connecticut Volunteer Angler Survey (VAS) Program. The VAS Program is designed to collect fishing trip and catch information from marine recreational (hook and line) anglers who volunteer to record their angling activities via a logbook. VAS anglers contribute valuable fisheries-specific information concerning striped bass, fluke, bluefish, scup, tautog and other important finfish species used in monitoring and assessing fish populations inhabiting marine waters.

The VAS logbook is easy to fill out. Each participating angler is assigned a personal number code for confidentiality and recording instructions are provided on the inside cover of the logbook. Upon completion, simply tape the pre-postage paid logbook shut and drop it in the mail. Anglers that send in logbooks are provided with updated program results and Public Hearing Notices concerning Recreational Fishing Management (regulations). After all the logbooks are computer entered and error checked, the logbooks are returned to each participant for their own records.

Participating is very important for marine fisheries management. Please contact:

Rod MacLeod
/ 860-434-6043
CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Marine Fisheries Division
P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Did You Know?

Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP)

  • Over 150,000 marine anglers fished Long Island Sound in 2011
  • Those marine anglers made over 1.3 million fishing trips in Long Island Sound
  • Connecticut marine anglers caught 4.2 million fish of which 1.5 million were harvested (36%)
  • Anglers harvested approximately 231,000 bluefish; 788,000 million scup; 18,600 winter flounder; 63,000 summer flounder; 107,000 tautog (blackfish); and 49,000 striped bass
  • Anglers caught approximately 1.3 million bluefish; 1.3 million scup; 21,000 winter flounder; 485,000 summer flounder; 438,000 tautog (blackfish); and 833,000 striped bass

Volunteer Angler Survey (VAS)

In 2011, 40 Connecticut Anglers participated in the Program. VAS anglers caught:

  • 691 tautog with an average length of 14.5″, releasing 63%
  • 1,311 scup with an average length of 11″, releasing 61%
  • 1,788 fluke with an average length of 15″, releasing 90%
  • 1,608 bluefish with an average length of 23.5″, releasing 74%
  • 1,017 striped bass with an average length of 25.5″, releasing 87%

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