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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS)

How can we support the needs of recreational anglers while maintaining healthy and sustainable fisheries? Collect the right data.

Since 1996, ICF has conducted one of the largest marine recreational fishing projects in the U.S., comprising of up to 73,000 telephone interviews multiple times a year. The allocation of many fishery resources depends on the results of these surveys. The survey data are used to estimate fishing effort among recreational anglers, monitor fishery stocks, allocate fishery resources among competing user groups, and assess the impact of regulations on anglers and the sport-fishing industry.

In orchestrating the survey at national, regional, and local levels, ICF improved the methodology and quality of results – in the pursuit of data to inform management policies that ensure the long-term health of ocean fisheries in Federal waters.