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  • Recompression Devices Help Anglers Fish Smarter

    The survival rates of caught and released deep sea fish are low because of a condition known as barotrauma. Learn how NOAA Fisheries and partners in the recreational fishing community are working together to address the problem. Read More . . .

  • Improving the Survival of Released Fish

    A recent evaluation of 15 years of NOAA-funded research reveals how much we still have to learn about improving the survival of released fish and how to account for these discards in our science and management. Read More . . .

  • National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

    NOAA Fisheries is developing an Agency-wide saltwater recreational fisheries policy and is asking for your help. Read More . . .

Recreational Fisheries Initiative  
Saltwater recreational fishing is an integral part of American coastal life and communities. From Maine to Guam, striped bass to ulua, recreational fishing is both a cultural cornerstone and an important economic driver in the United States.

In 2011, more than 11 million saltwater anglers took over 70 million fishing trips generating $56 billion in sales impacts, $29 billion in value-added impacts, $18 billion in income impacts, and supporting 364,000 U.S. jobs.

Explore the four main categories to the left to find additional recreational fisheries information and resources, and learn how NOAA is working to support recreational fishermen.
In 2009, NOAA embarked on an initiative to strengthen our partnership with the saltwater recreational fishing community. We committed to listening to anglers and following through on commitments, which culminated in National and Regional Action Agendas. > read more
Data and Science
At NOAA, we use science to guide our policies and management. Learn how we collaborate with others on data collection and explore data on recreational fishing catch, effort, and economics.  > read more
Resources for Fishermen
From making sure you have all the right fishing permits to getting an updated weather forecast, explore information and resources that will help you plan an enjoyable fishing trip.  > read more
Recreational Fisheries Management
NOAA is responsible for management, conservation, and protection of living marine resources. Learn more about how decisions that impact fishing are made and enforced. > read more