Monday, April 22, 2019
Another Sample Letter (more simple)
Names & Addresses - even some email addresses
How can You look at MRIP estimates?
This is a simple letter I thought might be useful to fishers who want
to sound off about MRIP's recreational catch estimates - Personalize
it a bit, perhaps adding an example of bad data you find most
egregious - print & sign - send..
Dear Fishery Manager/DC Congressperson/Secretary of Commerce etc,
Recreational fishers have always had serious trouble with NOAA's
recreational catch estimating program. Issues began as soon as marine
fisheries management began. Today, under MRIP, those troubles are
worse than ever. Already terrible at it's 2012 release, since MRIP's
recent "recalibrations" our situation has become untenable.
Along the Gulf of Mexico, all States have given MRIP the boot and are
doing their own catch estimates.
Indeed, it seems there is no remaining support for MRIP's estimates in
the fisheries science & management communities at the
NOAA needs a test—a way to check recreational catch estimates.
Currently there is no amount of recreational catch that isn't possible
in statistician's eyes ..while at sea we see the estimates for what
they are - a fraud.
It is not true that 1.6 M lbs of cod crossed New York's recreational
docks from Private Boats in hearty winter weather, and their Partyboat
fleet didn't get in on it. There's no chance that happened.
It is not true the "Average Size" of shore-caught stripers in CT were
19.6 lbs - MA 33.4 lbs - RI 33.8 lbs.. And the grand prize for
"Average" Shore caught stripers is RI in 2018 at 45.1 lbs!
It is not true Maryland's Shore anglers caught more than 3 years worth
of MD Party/Charter sea bass, and they "Averaged" 1.4 lbs apiece -
It is not true that in Delaware last year sea bass caught from Shore
'averaged' 1.9 lbs..
All in all? There's virtually no truth at all in MRIP's catch estimates.
Don't let NOAA's MRIP tell you "these estimates are fine in coastwide
collection" as they always have in years past. This claim is
disingenuous in the extreme. Management uses MRIP in its smallest
pieces - Wave, State, & Mode - and never simply at the Coastwide
annual level - to create recreational regulation.
Please assist us in having MRIP corrected. We need catch estimates
that represent real catch values - not this worsening fraud.
9900 Voter Lane,
Readers are from many states. Here's a great site to look up and get
in contact with your Congressman & Senators:
For your state's Fisheries - do the Google..
Because NOAA is part of Dept of Commerce - Secretary Ross is the
big-big cheese in all this.. He bought MRIP's line about how "the
estimates are just fine in 'coastwide collection' a couple years ago.
Now to see if we can change his mind.
Secretary W. Ross
Dept Of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave
Washington DC 20230
RDML Tim Gallaudet is one smart dude - really impressive. He's
undersecretary for NOAA (the boss) and graduated Annapolis & Scripps
Institute. Guarantee he listens. And he fishes. Convince him MRIP's a
shell game and change will come swiftly.
RDML Tim Gallaudet
Dept Of Commerce - NOAA
1401 Constitution Ave
Washington DC 20230
These men at the top of NOAA Fisheries have all heard this before.
They too believed MRIP's "we have this" baloney..
Their address is:
(Name) NOAA Fisheries
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Chris Oliver came up through the ranks of Fisheries. Over on the West
Coast they took care of recreational catch data long ago - it's right.
He's "Assistant Administrator" for NOAA Fisheries. That means he's the
big boss at Fisheries. He's heard every kind of fisheries problem
imaginable - including our beef with MRIP. Now is different though. I
guarantee he's heard about it in-house recently too.
Dr. Werner is in charge of NOAA Fisheries Science. May not have time
for this. But he is NOAA Fisheries' chief science advisor. Once MRIP
is exposed, NOAA will have appeared a fool - maybe they'd like to
repair this program now instead.
Sam Rauch is in charge of regulatory programs for NOAA Fisheries.
Maybe he'd like to know our regs are based on catch info that's 100%
codswallop.. I've never heard a peep back from him, but it can't hurt
If you do write, please CC a snail mail to my Congressman's guy too.
Congressman Dr. Andy Harris
C/O Adm. Tim Daniels
100 East Main St - Suite 702
Salisbury, MD 21801
You may not get a reply, but it will indicate to him sincere interest
of recreational fishers..
I've been encouraging folks to write about fisheries issues for many
years. Almost all of these letter campaigns were focused on NOAA's
recreational catch estimates - a program today called MRIP. We've
brought about change in this fashion - promise. Unfortunately, it's
done nothing but get worse! Today our need of getting MRIP's
recreational catch estimates right has never been greater, nor has our
case ever been stronger. It's so strong today that even regulators
have great difficulty swallowing some estimates—managers can no longer
pass "The Red Face Test."
Statistics are a highly complex study. One aspect of such study is
'probability theory'. The catch estimates I've been writing about have
a probability rating of zero - these catches, often represented by
enormous numbers, could not have happened. That's not really so
different than from the last 20 years of complaining. Todays worst
estimates, however, are more blatantly ridiculous than we've ever
seen—and there's a lot more of them..
My first bout with Catch Estimates was in 1998 when the Mid-Atlantic
Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) closed sea bass for two weeks in
August based on a 1997 NJ Party/Charter assessment where their catch
tallied 4.7 million sea bass. The size limit had been brand new - NJ
ignored it.. NOAA made us all pay. (Imagine if you will - had NJ's sea
bass production, alone, been capable of a 4.7 million Party/Charter
sea bass catch in the dawning of regulation--before there'd ever been
any protection whatever, why in the Billy Blue Blazes are they
cracking our eggs today when from Maine to Virginia all Party/Charter
doesn't catch a half-million sea bass.. Their catch estimates tell
them, "It's because we've been unable to reign in Private Boat
catch--now they catch 5 million sea bass! What a bunch of horse
feathers.. I've written time and again, this fancy statistical fog
lays blindingly across all our fisheries. They honestly have no idea
what works because they have no real sense of what we catch.)
NOAA has always held, & NOAA has always told Congress: 'Our
recreational catch estimates 'blend in' the bad portions and create a
quite accurate coastwide estimate.'
In truth, however, wildly inaccurate estimates from different states &
different modes (eg Shore, Private Boat, & For-Hire) are so far
removed from reality they cannot be included in a broader 'coastwide'
estimate in any fashion and still offer an accurate representation of
Regardless, if you write to your Congressional reps, NOAA will, again,
tell them their "Coastwide Accuracy" fairy tale.
Here's the thing, while true that these catch estimates were designed
to create an accurate picture of coastwide catch (& failed,)
management almost never uses the broader coastwide estimate in
regulation. Instead, Managers use catch estimates down to their lowest
levels: one state, one two-month 'wave,' and one mode, are frequently
used to create regulation.
For example, consider the 2017 NY Wave 6(Nov/Dec) Private Boat sea
bass estimate of about 3 million lbs.. Here MRIP asserts NY's Private
Boaters landed quite nearly the entire Recreational sea bass quota in
less than 25 fishable days in November/December.. The other components
of NY's sea bass Wave 6 estimate are Shore with zero & Party/Charter
with 25,000 lbs.
(I have detailed instruction below on how you too can slide down this
rabbit hole and nose around in the Estimates yourself.)
Take a look at any state's summer flounder regulation. That states can
even have different regs--not coastwide--was decided by dividing
recreational quota (called RHL or Recreational Harvest Limit) among
states - these "state by state" recreational divisions are based
solely on NOAA's state by state catch estimates. Then, when seasons
are set (& must be approved by NOAA) those dates are made by delving
into so-called 'wave estimates' - the 6 two-month periods such as wave
Say a state needs to reduce catch by 30% to remain in compliance with
recreational quota. Managers will then look around in wave data and
see where they can cut catch. Maybe they'll cut a month of season
based on Sept/Oct (Wave 5) data. Maybe they'll increase the size limit
or reduce the bag limit across the entire season. All these decisions
of how to cut (or increase) catch are based on MRIP's catch
Some states have even given more lenient regulation to Shore or
Party/Charter fishers. These would be 100% based on 'mode' estimates
where a wave estimate is divided by 'shore, private boat, &
Because of a repair to Recreational For-Hire (Party and Charter Boat)
in 2003, (a repair that came about because of letters!) it's with rare
exception when some other mode than Private Boat shows most of the
catch. This is how Private Boat regs can be more stringent, & other
modes can be liberalized. (For instance when Massachusetts For-Hire
was allowed 8 sea bass & Private Boats allowed 4..)
Bottom line? When NOAA tells your Congressional reps "MRIP catch
estimates are just fine in coastwide format and therefore the whole
program is sound," they're either being disingenuous in the extreme,
or are sorely uninformed.
For numerous specific examples of bad MRIP catch estimates please go
to morningstarfishing.com and click 'fish reports' up top. My previous
4 reports detail numerous violations of a statistical pillar -
Probability. I list estimate after estimate that could not possibly be
Have done so for years..
In statistics if a very low or no probability field is found, then
that data-set should not be given/added to an estimate. With MRIP's
estimates we often/always see where the wildly incorrect aspects of a
set actually drive regulation. The wild fliers are what's used against
I do not have a PhD in statistics. I do, however, have a lifetime of
counting recreationally caught fish at sea. I have to know how much
pressure is being put on our reefs so that my clients will catch—every
skipper who is reef fishing with success must have a pretty good idea.
Folks doing the estimates are PhDs in statistics ..but have never
counted fish at sea. They have no idea, no means of conceptualizing
what might be true in recreational catch. So far as I can tell, there
is absolutely no level of catch that, to them, isn't perfectly
To give them a basis for rejection NOAA must create a test.
Statisticians need grounding in reality in order to create "Bayesian
Stops." Here grand complexity in statistical formulation is made most
simple by saying: a Bayesian stop is the number which an estimate
cannot surpass or be lower than.
It is my belief these stops are best created by my "Percentage of the
Say NOAA's MRIP statisticians have a table to work from showing NY's
recreational Atlantic cod catch should never show Private Boat
catching more than 20% of NY's total recreational cod catch. (It's a
winter fishery comprised mostly of party & some charter boats.) With
zero shore-caught NY cod, it's cleanly 80% For-Hire & 20% Private Boat
..probably generous in the extreme to Private Boat at 20% who may
actually land less than 5% of NY's cod.
These are actual MRIP catch numbers - currently NOAA has NY Private
Boat cod at 1.7 million pounds in 2016 and 1.6 mil in 2017. Total
Party/Charter is less than 55,000 lbs in '16, & even less in 2017..
Bayesian stops would have cut these Private Boat estimates to under
10,000 lbs — & never allowed over 1,500,000 lbs!
Sakes. It's pretty simple.
Truthfully, in any fishery where there's a large For-Hire component
these "percentage of the catch" calculations would offer management
much more accurate information than they've ever had before.
Complain! Send some letters! Put some emails out.. Forward this and
other emails of mine. 'Share' them on Facebook...
Instructions on how to access MRIP estimates below.
Capt. Monty Hawkins
Partyboat Morning Star
Ocean City, MD.
How to do you own estimates investigating:
A) Google search "MRIP query"
B) select "run a data query"
C) in blue small print select "open our query tool"
D) a box will pop up - I am an experienced user.. select 'experienced'
(You're not, But I am! You could, alternately, look at all their
reasons MRIP is so great..)
E) beneath top rt select bar 'select a catch query' - click "go to
query" (it'll come up 'Time Series.')
F) select the data you want - I always select "all areas combined" -
though it can be broken down to Bay/Ocean etc, it gets depressingly
Chose - Years you want to see - whether by two-month wave or annual -
region or state (for MAFMC-wide regs select North & Mid Atlantic -
here you can chose by each state or all those states combined) - then
species - then 'mode' - here is where you can break out shore/All For
Hire/ Private Boat etc..
Type of catch! Oh Boy! The third one is "Harvest"
You may also want to look at releases because THAT's where release
mortality is coming from...
And finally, Table or Graph. I will generally select table. The graph
however shows the entirety of PSE (as in margin of error from a
political poll - but vastly larger spreads..)
Be Careful! Double check your selections! You'll swiftly see Estimates
that couldn't possibly be true - make sure you've chosen fields
correctly and start complaining!
Monday, April 15, 2019
Follow Up From DC Report
Write A Letter or Two!
I think it's high time we brought NOAA's recreational catch estimates under control. Whether you'd like to help - and it will take many voices - or are simply interested in what I've recently uncovered with the "Marine Recreational Information Program" (MRIP, NOAA Fisheries' marine recreational catch estimating program that began in 2012,) please read on. I have a sample letter readers can personalize below to send to their reps in DC & State Fisheries.
..therefore this 1982 For-Hire estimate is 4,183,000 lbs too high! - in just two months - from just one state, Maryland, with a single ocean access inlet.. (Private Boat estimates have gone on to be much worse than Party/Charter ever were. Back then these statistical spikes were almost always in For-Hire. That MD example is just one of the worst from before the repair to For-Hire catch estimates..)
And, because "recreational fishers are already catching more," commercial fishers were given a 49% increase in fluke/flounder while we got nada.
Oh heck no.. That's Pure Phooey.
I probably have a dozen letters to my Congressional Reps from various NOAA administrations over the years explaining to my Congressman/Senators how MRFSS and then MRIP are "Coastwide" estimates and just fine for what they're doing. "Capt. Hawkins doesn't understand..."
That "coastwide estimates" are fine was never true, not since the beginning of management.
For instance, when recreational summer flounder quotas were first devised, a more accurate assessment may well have led to different divisions between Commercial & Rec. It's a certainty that when state by state quotas were divided, MRFSS estimates played a singular role. From 10 year, 5 year, 3 year, & a single year's estimates - one single year gave every state but NY their best summer flounder split. Here "tyranny by democracy" raised its head and NY caught the short straw for fluke. It's been a huge pain in their backside ever since.
The reason there's so much variance in recreational regulation from state to state is because there's so much variance in MRIP's estimates.
The year after For-Hire's repair; in 2004 Private Boat catch estimates began a steady march upward. Today Private Boats from one state, in one two month period, might have outfished All Commercial landings from Virginia north. Or, as in NY's 2017 sea bass estimate, NY's Private Boats alone (and especially in harsh early winter weather) outfished ALL Commercial Trawl/Trap & Party/Charter by 200,000 lbs..
Gulf of Mexico states have now given MRIP the boot. They are all doing their own catch estimates.
Take a hard look at how striped bass recovered in the 1980s & 90s. How in blazes is there any difference between release mortality then & now?
Mycobacteriosis? Yup, now that's different. Chesapeake rockfish are sick. They're dying..
If Party/Charter only catches 5% of our coastwide summer flounder & less than 10% of our sea bass--and that's exactly what MRIP portrays; why such higher levels of scrutiny for Party/Charter? Why these permits?
In 2017 MRIP has For-Hire at 385,000 lbs of summer flounder.
With For-Hire at a still-stingy value of 35% total fluke recreational boat harvest, Private Boat landings become 715,000 lbs - a difference where MRIP is 7,822,000 lbs too high..
In 2016 it's worse. MRIP's Private Boat estimate is an astounding 10,757,000 lbs too high with For-Hire at 35% & 9,683,000 lbs too high at just 20%...
My results were essentially the same for sea bass. Those numbers are in Fish Report 3/27/19 if you'd like to have a look.
I've asked for years & years to have "Bayesian Stops" put on MRIP's values. A Bayesian stop is most simply where a statistical value cannot exceed a certain number. As it stands, there appears to be no catch considered impossible by MRIP.
Hmmmm... I think we've been there before.
There's always a battle over recreational regulation. Always.
It's a heck of a distraction. Good science step aside - bad statistics own the process.
In 2007 Congress ordered NOAA to repair/replace their MRFSS recreational catch estimating program for marine recreational fisheries from Maine to Texas by 2009. When finally finished in 2012, the result, MRIP, offered far worse estimates than we'd previously had.
NOAA's going to tell you, as they always have for 20-some years, "A few bad estimates from one state or two-month period smooth out & become quite accurate as a 'Coastwide' representation."
This is disingenuous in the extreme.
For one thing, modern fisheries management breaks down MRIP estimates to create State by State and seasonal regulation. All state & regional closures, size limits, & bag limits are based primarily on MRIP's catch estimates. It matters a great deal that they be accurate at every level.
For another thing, there is no cap on MRIP's estimates. The 2010 estimate for NJ Shore Tautog in just March/April, for instance, (a time when quite nearly none are caught) shows nearly a million pounds of catch. This is far more than ALL Commercial Trap/Trawl & Recreational Party/Charter caught, all combined, all year.
MRIP's catch estimates are riddled with such examples. Take NY's Private Boat black sea bass from 2017; here we see one state's Private Boats catching more sea bass than all the trawlers, trappers, partyboats, & charter boats from Maine to Virginia - and most of that impossible catch came in Nov/Dec when even 100+ foot partyboats often have a hard time getting out.
We must create a test for NOAA's Private Boat & Shore catch estimates. Such a test could be created by comparing Party/Charter reported landings against MRIP's estimates via "Percentage of the Catch."
Because Party/Charter is shown at 25,000 lbs of sea bass in just the Nov/Dec period, managers could safely assume Private Boats landed 1,250 lbs or so - and NOT 3 million!
Were NOAA to sit down with knowledgable recreational fishers of any & all stripes, they could soon develop Bayesian Stops for Private Boat & even Shore to some extent.
Recreational catch estimates have now grown so bad they're creating havoc in fishery scientists' population assessments: "After all," reasons a fishery scientist, "if recreational fishers caught THAT many, then the population must be much larger than we'd thought."
For 2019 managers have raised commercial summer flounder (fluke) quota by 49% while recreational fishers see no increase whatever.. We're "already catching" ours.
The point here is not to deny commercial fishers an increase if it's sustainable, but because the increase stems solely from MRIP's illusion of huge recreational catch, managers may well be doing serious harm to the summer flounder stock - they cannot know.
On & on & on it goes..
MRIP has nice cod being caught from shore in Massachusetts; jumbo sea bass being caught from shore in MD, DE, NY, CT, RI, & MA -- in 2016 MD Shore sea bass catch was shown to be 178,000 lbs & averaging 1.4 lbs apiece (we can only find one angler who claims to have caught a barely legal keeper and it didn't weigh a pound..)
MRIP was a mess when it began in 2012. Now, after its two "recalibrations," MRIP has completely lost credibility in the science & management communities.
Friday, April 05, 2019
Went on up to DC a couple days. Had some fishy business on my mind—Thoughts I needed to share with my Senators and Congressman. Also spent a day touring with guide extraordinaire Tracy Dunaway—She's seriously good at what she does.
The meetings with DC staffers went very well also. Those folks are professional.
Not many people get it, but we are getting hammered by MRIP's catch estimates.
I see NY had close to 2 million pounds of cod recently ..but only a couple thousand pounds were caught by Party/Charter. What's the chance 1.6 M lbs of cod crossed recreational docks from Private Boats in hearty winter weather, and their Partyboat fleet didn't get in on it..
Zero. There's no chance that happened. NY's For-Hire guys TOLD NOAA how many cod they caught. The entirety of that 1.7 million pounds of Private Boat catch is 99.9% statistical illusion - a farce actually.
Then too there's the recent hub-bub over striped bass. Teeny-tiny tip of that iceberg.. In 2017 MRIP has MA & CT at nearly a million pounds of shore catch while Rhode Island's shore landings were only 3/4 of a million - but get this - here's the "Average Size" of those shore-caught stripers.. CT 19.6 lbs - MA 33.4 lbs - RI 33.8 lbs..
And the grand prize for "Average" Shore caught stripers is RI in 2018 at 45.1 lbs!
Or how about when Maryland Shore anglers caught more than 3 years worth of MD Party/Charter sea bass, and they "Averaged" 1.4 lbs apiece — From Shore!
In Delaware last year sea bass caught from Shore 'averaged' 1.9 lbs!
All these 'estimates' turn into pounds counted against our recreational quotas. That's always been the case.
Now MRIP's Recreational Catch Estimates have grown so bad, they're influencing species population estimates. "Well" sez Mr Fisheries Scientist, "If they caught THAT many fish, then our population estimate number here needs to be a LOT BIGGER."
That's why commercial fishers just had a 49% increase in their summer Flounder (Fluke) quota - and we recreationals got nothing. We're already catching ours, you see....
Maybe you don't see.
A lot of people don't.
It's going to take a heck of a lot more than just me going to Congress to complain.
There is No Recreational Marine Species that's not affected by MRIP's estimates.
Management has quite nearly completely lost faith in the data. If we will not write & call our State Fisheries and Congressional Representatives, NOAA will never change them.
At the rate they're increasing our catch, we'll soon have 90+% of our quota caught only on a computer, and Commercial interests mopping up all their increased quotas.
It's been happening a long time. Now it's getting worse every year.
For more info read Fish Report 3/27/19 at Morningstarfishing.com
We forced change with the 2007 re-write of Magnuson Stevens. NOAA made a change alright - a sharp smelly stick right in our eye.
Letters to Congress only thing I see that might work.
Tell Congress MRIP needs a way to TEST their data. A way to truth it.
Capt. Monty Hawkins
Partyboat Morning Star
Sent from my iPhone
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Headed to DC: MRIP Is Worse Than Ever Before..
http://morningstarfishing.com For How The Rail's Laid Out..
May Have To Use Clam & Shrimp! Can't find green crabs! (had 2 big die-offs in my pens this winter.. Had plenty of bites on clam last trip. Actually, for most of the day clam was superior.)
Saturday, April 6th - 7 to 3 - $110.00
Sunday, April 7th - 7 to 3 - $110.00
No Refunds On These "Far In Advance" May Trips. If there's a cancelation - Reschedules Only. (More typically either would be fine. These fall outside the credit card 60 day window - Do Not Book if you cannot handle a reschedule..)
Weather Cancelations Happen - I Make Every Attempt To Let Clients
Sleep In If The Weather's Not Going Our Way..
..except when someone shows up right on time.
Clients arriving late will see the west end of an east bound boat.
With a limited number of reserved spots, I do not refund because you
over-slept or had a flat..
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available from crew for a reasonable cost..) Our Tog Pool Is By Length: A Tog That's Been Released Counts The Same As One In The Boat.
No Live Tog Leave The Boat - Dead & Bled - Period. (I Believe The Live Tog Black Market Has Hurt This Fishery ..But Nowhere Near As Much As Bad Sea Bass Regulation)
If You Won't Measure & Count Your Fish, The State Will Provide A Man With A Gun To Do It For You. We Measure & Count — ALWAYS — No Exceptions!
It's Simple To Prevent Motion Sickness, Difficult To Cure. Bonine
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Honestly - If you get to go on the ocean once month, once a year, or
even less; why risk chumming all day? Similarly, if you howl at the
moon all night, chances are good you'll howl into a bucket all day.
Bring A Cooler With Ice For Your Fish – A 48 Quart Cooler Is Fine For
A Few People. Do Not Bring A Very Large Cooler. We DO have a few
loaners - you'll still need ice.
No Galley! Bring Food & Beverages To Suit. A few beers in cans is fine for the ride home.
Except in high-summer, waterproof boots are almost a necessity unless fishing the bow - sneakers will ruin
your day when the water is cold! While some rarely, or never, wear gloves for fishing, you'd
not likely see me fishing this time of year w/o at least the half-finger wool gloves. Tuck a "hot hands" warmer in the palm and life is good..
Layers are best because, believe it or not, sometimes it can be very
pleasant offshore--especially when the wind lays down. In winter it's
warmer offshore owing to warmer waters. In summer it's cooler..
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Also going to DC soon. Dagoned MRIP is a mess. Bad recreational catch estimates are really upending Fisheries Science. Used to have good communications in that town. Have to rebuild them. Very few people stay in their jobs very long - it's a transitory workplace. Staffers make everything happen up there - at least at the common-folk level.. Time to get reacquainted with staff.
A sample below of how foul MRIP's become..
NY Wave 6 Nov/Dec Sea Bass – All Modes by Mode
Total Harvest (A+B1)
Total Weight (lb)
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
BLACK SEA BASS
These assertions are just unbelievably insane.
Compare: All Atlantic Coast Commercial Boats landed 2,676,000 pounds in 2016. All N/Mid Atlantic Party/Charter landed 847,000 for a total of 3,523,000 lbs – So NY Private Boats, Landed 2,644,000 MORE POUNDS OF SEA BASS than ALL Commercial/Party/Charter Professional Operators?
Or – NY Private Boat is now shown to catch more sea bass than All Party/Charter for 5 YEARS!
NOAA has lost it's MIND approving the use of this data..
MRIP's skewing stock assessments & causing brutally tight regulation where it's not at all required.