By Justin Hospital
In 2013, NOAA Fisheries conducted the first-ever national survey of recreational saltwater fishers’ opinions and attitudes. The results provide insights into fishers’ motivations, characteristics of successful trips, and preferred management objectives to help NOAA Fisheries better understand what saltwater recreational fishers care most about. This survey was conducted across 22 coastal states across the continental US (excluding Hawaii).
In 2015, the PIFSC Socioeconomics Program is working with Impact Assessment, Inc. to implement this survey locally to collect information from Hawaii fishermen who catch fish for themselves, their families, and their community.
The purpose of the survey is to help PIFSC understand what matters most to Hawaii noncommercial fishermen:
- Why do you fish, how often, what kinds of fish do you catch and how do you catch them?
- How important are the fish you catch to your family, friends, and community?
- How well do you think Hawaii fisheries are being managed?
- How would you rate the fishing experience in Hawaii?
- What changes in fishery management would you like to see now and in the future?
Interested fishermen can provide their full name and mailing address to receive a survey. Personal information will only be used to send the survey. Responses to the survey are strictly confidential and will not be associated with your personal identity.
If you decide to participate you can expect to receive a survey in the mail during the month of May.
To participate in the survey or for more information, contact:
Ellary Tucker Williams