fishermen who fish in the Atlantic Ocean off of North Carolina may
receive a questionnaire in the mail or by phone call in the coming
weeks and months for an N.C Division of Marine Fisheries survey.
The division plans to contact approximately 300 fishermen between now
and August and ask them information about their fishing activity,
perceptions, fishing expenses and demographics. The information
gathered in the survey will be used to improve the state’s estimates of
the economic impacts of commercial fishing and the effects of fishing
regulations. It will also assist managers in making informed decisions
on fisheries topics.
Fishermen will be asked questions about the species they commonly
target, the gears they use, their business structure, their average
trip and annual fishing expenses, demographic information, such as
education, age, and household income, as well as their opinions on
fishery conflicts and regulations and their reliance on commercial
Individual answers to questions will be kept strictly confidential.
However, the cumulative results from all survey participants will be
included in a written report that will be made available to the public.
A fisherman who receives such a call can verify that the person calling
is working with the division on this survey by asking the caller to
verify his or her participant identification number (PID). This number
is located on the bottom left corner of all North Carolina commercial
The DMF says that it is very important that fishermen participate in
the survey and answer as many questions as possible for the survey
results to truly represent those who fish commercially in the Atlantic
Ocean off North Carolina. The results of the survey are taken
very seriously and often guide fisheries managers in making rules that
affect fishing activities within the survey area.
For more information, contact John Hadley, division socio-economics program manager, at 252-808-8107 or [email protected].