June 9, 2017
Anglers may receive a survey from the Division of Marine Fisheries
Carolina recreational anglers holding a current Coastal Recreational
Fishing License may receive a survey conducted by the N.C. Division of
Marine Fisheries in the coming months.
The survey is a follow up to a previously conducted data collection in
2009. It seeks information on the economic characteristics of coastal
recreational anglers’ fishing trips, as well as social and demographic
characteristics. The information gathered in the survey will be used in
fishery management plans and in developing economic impact models to
help fisheries managers make informed decisions on various fisheries
Anglers, who receive the survey through random selection, will be asked
a variety of questions such as what species they commonly target,
average fishing trip expenditures, demographic information such as
education, age and household income, and their opinions on fisheries
management and user conflicts.
Individual responses to questions will be kept strictly confidential.
Results from the study will be aggregated to present an overall view of
the economic status of the recreational fishery and published in a
report that will be made available to the public at: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/social-economic-data-reports.
For the survey results to truly represent those who fish in North
Carolina waters, it is very important that anglers participate and
answer as many questions as possible. By completing the survey, anglers
help ensure that fisheries managers receive the best possible
information about the economic effects of regulations.
The survey is being funded by the Marine Resources Fund which seeks to
manage, enhance and protect the marine resources of North Carolina
based on sound science and strategies. For more information, contact
Adam Stemle, division Economics Program manager, at 252-808-8107 or [email protected].