ATTENTION: New Jersey Saltwater Anglers
REGISTER. You make a difference! It’s free, easy and required.
Intercept Surveys (APAIS) are conducted at public marine fishing access points (boat ramps, piers, beaches, jetties, bridges, marinas and more) to collect individual angler catch data, including species identification, total number of each species, length and weight measurements of individual fishes as well as some angler-specific information about the fishing trip and the angler’s fishing behavior.
These angler surveys will be conducted by individual states beginning next year. To date, New Jersey’s APAIS has been conducted by a contractor of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The interviews are conducted in person by trained field staff. The sites and dates are selected by a proportional random selection process. From these angler interviews a catch-per-unit- effort trip estimate can be made for each type of fish encountered, either observed or reported. These estimates are combined with the effort estimates—such as those collected through telephone interviews—
to produce the catch and harvest estimates.
Each state’s saltwater registry serves as the contact list for these telephone interviews. Complete participation in the
New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program is crucial to achieve accurate recreational fishing estimates which help to ensure healthy fisheries for the future.
Before you head out to catch your favorite saltwater fish this year, be sure to join the hundreds of thousands of anglers who have already registered with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP).
Register at the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program site:www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov
For more information on the APAIS, visit www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/recreational-fisheries/in-depth/our-surveys-counting-catch-and-effort/survey-materials/access-point-angler-intercept-survey
Regulations in red are new this year.
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