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Advance Innovative Solutions to Evolving Science, Management, and Environmental Challenges

NOAA develops and applies cutting-edge techniques to address some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today. NOAA Fisheries recognizes our responsibility to lead, support and serve as a catalyst for private sector innovation to solve the challenging issues of today and tomorrow. Innovation can occur in any area. The range of actions identified below should not be considered constraining; rather it includes areas of interest to the recreational community that are ripe for innovation and action. Actions supporting this guiding principle include:

Support research and technology to benefit recreational fisheries.

  • Support scientifically rigorous projects to investigate bycatch and release mortality reduction tools and handling techniques including through cooperative research and federal grant programs.
  • Develop Marine Recreational Information Program certified methods for electronic trip reporting with validation sampling in for-hire fisheries through pilot projects.
  • Work in cooperation with the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program and the Gulf Fisheries Information Network to develop the necessary operational and funding plans for implementing for-hire electronic trip reporting programs in the sub-regions where partners desire to implement them.
  • Prepare a white paper assessing existing marine, freshwater, and terrestrial natural resource self-reporting applications to understand current uses, limitations and potential applications in fisheries science and management.
  • Pursue electronic reporting through implementation of regionally based NOAA Fisheries electronic monitoring and reporting plans.

Lead scientific efforts to better understand recreational fisheries.

  • Develop and implement a Bio-economic Length Structured Angler Simulation Tool (BLAST model) to assess the effects of management actions on angler participation in West Coast recreational fisheries.
  • Complete the Main Hawaiian Islands component of National Angler Attitudes and Perspectives Survey, and analyze and distribute the findings to the public and management partners.
  • Refine and expand the use of cutting edge acoustic and hi-definition video survey methods to improve data collection from untrawlable habitat (e.g., reefs) and support fish stock assessments.
  • Conduct acoustic tagging and telemetry studies to better understand site fidelity, habitat use, migration, and other behaviors of fish species commonly targeted by recreational anglers (e.g., pilot project at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, using volunteer recreational anglers to catch, tag, and release target species).
  • Execute an economic study of Atlantic highly migratory species fishing tournaments to improve the understanding of their economic impacts and for consideration in management.
  • Produce an action plan for discard and release mortality science to guide NOAA Fisheries science efforts related to mortality estimates, improve estimates of mortality, and better incorporate improved mortality estimates into stock assessments.

Pursue management approaches that may better support recreational fisheries.

  • Investigate alternative management approaches to recreational fisheries management and satisfaction, specifically including methods based on fishing mortality rates.
  • Issue revised guidelines for National Standard 1 addressing management flexibility and fishery stability and including guidelines for implementation of annual catch limits, ecosystem component stocks, and other issues.

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