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Saltwater Marine Fishing Regulations Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing

Electronic Reporting in Action

The next time you’re out fishing, you may notice that interviewers no longer use pencils and paper forms to collect information from saltwater recreational anglers about their trips. Instead, shoreside samplers working for state fish and wildlife agencies are using electronic tablets to make collecting and processing information more efficient.

Collecting accurate information from saltwater anglers about how many fish they catch, keep, and release is the best way to learn what’s happening in our recreational fisheries. These important data, combined with other sources of information such as commercial catch and biological research, help scientists and managers keep U.S. fish stocks sustainable.

Switching to tablets has made it easier for samplers to record data, interview an entire fishing party at once, and work in rainy or windy weather. Tablet-based reporting also saves money, and cuts the time it takes to process data from weeks to days.

This use of electronic technology was developed, tested, and implemented with funding from NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program, which coordinates sampling by state fisheries agency personnel on beaches, piers, bridges, jetties, docks, and boat ramps from Maine through Georgia. It’s one way NOAA Fisheries is working with state, regional, and national partners to keep saltwater recreational fisheries productive, now and for generations to come.

Learn more about the tablet program, and other electronic technologies NOAA Fisheries is using to collect recreational fisheries data, at countmyfish.noaa.gov.