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  • NOAA Announces Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Funding

    NOAA Fisheries announces Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program solicitation, now expanded to cover recreational fisheries! More details are available in the Federal Funding Opportunity. Read More . . .

  • Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit Final Report

    Check out the final report from the 2014 Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit, which was prepared by the independent facilitation team at MAKERS. NOAA Fisheries will use this summary to inform future planning. Read More . . .

  • National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy

    New national policy recognizes the value of—and gives a voice to—America’s saltwater recreational anglers. 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