Hawaii Marine Recreational Fishing Survey : a summary of current sampling, estimation and data analyses
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Hawaii Marine Recreational Fishing Survey : a summary of current sampling, estimation and data analyses
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    "Hawaii is the only U.S.-associated island area (state) in the NOAA Pacific Islands Region that currently participates in recreational fishing surveys under the NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), formerly known as Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS). The on-site interviews (for catch rate) of the Hawaii Marine Recreational Fishing Survey (HMRFS) are conducted by the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources while the telephone survey for fishing effort in Hawaii is currently conducted by a Hawaii contractor and is managed by a mainland company. For a MRIP project in 2010, the HMRFS protocol and data were evaluated to determine whether the new MRIP methods for catch-rate estimation could be directly applied to HMRFS. More recently, MRIP statistical consultants were contracted to review the current HMRFS sampling design and evaluate alternative survey options. After the review, the same consultants worked with the Hawaii project team to design and test alternative shore-fishing surveys for HMRFS. Several recent MRIP project reports included key findings and recommendations for HMRFS. In addition to discussing the major recommendations from previous/ongoing MRIP projects, this manuscript covers HMRFS sampling, estimation algorithm, catch/effort estimates, and data analyses. At the beginning of this contribution, the sampling design and expansion procedures were described. Major pelagic species were used to demonstrate how catch-and-effort estimates are calculated from HMRFS data. The authors then presented Hawaii-specific information from HMRFS data and provided comparisons and analyses. To conclude, the caveats in HMRFS catch estimates were discussed and recent efforts to improve HMRFS sampling procedures were highlighted"--Executive Summary. [doi:10.7289/V5/TM-PIFSC-55 (http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-PIFSC-55)]
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