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Marine Recreational Information Program

Please note, this page provides a historical context and is no longer updated. For current information, visit the Marine Recreational Information Program website.

The Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act of 2006 required that a program be established to improve the quality and accuracy of information generated by Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey. The program must be implemented by January 1, 2009. A National Registry Program for Marine Recreational Fishing must also be created.

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  • NOAA Fisheries published a final rule to implement a national registry for recreational fisheries on December 30, 2008. The rule was effective on January 29, 2009, except for Section 600.1405, the requirement for registration by persons and for-hire vessels, which was effective on January 1, 2010.
  • NOAA Fisheries published a proposed rule to implement a national registry for recreational fisheries on June 12, 2008, and accepted comments through August 11, 2008.