The National Saltwater Angler Registry, which launches Friday, is designed to help address concerns about the data used to estimate the effects of recreational fishing on ocean resources and the nation's economy.
The registry will be used as the basis for conducting surveys of recreational saltwater anglers to find out how often they fish. These surveys are used by NOAA scientists to assess the health of fish stocks and to estimate the economic contributions of anglers.
The registry will eventually replace the use of random-digit dialing to coastal households, a system NOAA has had in place since the 1970s. The goal is to improve survey efficiency and reduce bias by making calls only to homes where people fish, and reaching saltwater anglers who live outside coastal counties.