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 DEP 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.
MARINE VOLUNTEER ANGLER SURVEY PROGRAM
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:
CT Department of Environmental Protection
Marine Fisheries Division
P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, CT 06371