ICF supports the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS), one of the largest projects conducted for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). CHTS collects interviews from recreational fishing participants about fishing trips and the fish caught on those trips. The data are used to monitor fishing stocks, allocate fishery resources among competing user groups, and assess the impact of regulations on anglers and the sport fishing industry. The CHTS requires ICF to complete between 30,000 and 73,000 telephone interviews within two-week periods, six times a year, with multiple members of fishing households in close proximity to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts.
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 CHTS since 1996. 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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