What is APAIS?
The Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS) is an in-person survey that collects information from anglers as they complete their fishing trips. Specially trained samplers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are stationed at marinas, boat ramps, beaches and and other publicly accessible fishing sites to collect information that is used to estimate total recreational catch. During an interview, samplers measure and weigh fish that were harvested and collect information about fish that were released. A typical interview takes only about 5 minutes. Samplers play no role in enforcement, and have nothing to do with limits, rules, or regulations. These interviews are confidential, and the information samplers collect is protected under the Privacy Act of 1974.
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