ICF supports the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS), one of largest of ICF's research efforts for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). APAIS helps meet the goals of the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, which requires the collection of data to estimate the impact of marine recreational fishing on fish stocks in U.S. waters. APAIS involves meeting recreational saltwater anglers dockside and on beaches to identify, weigh, and measure their catch and talk to them about fishing activities. The project requires 50,000 to 70,000 in-person interviews per year in 13 states and has a 175-person field staff to cover eastern U.S. coastal areas.
ICF supports several NMFS projects by collecting accurate data on coastal fishing stocks, allocation of fishery resources, and the impact of regulations on anglers and the sport-fishing industry, and we have conducted the APAIS since 1999. NMFS supports national, regional, and local efforts to maintain healthy and sustainable fisheries while addressing the economic and recreational needs of the fishing community. Coastal recreational fishing makes up a significant portion of the total catches of many species of fish (in 2009, recreational anglers caught 391 million fish).
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