The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is planning a new Marine
Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey. NOAA announced on Monday, Nov. 4 that it is seeking public comments on the proposed survey, which it will conduct partially by mail and in-person interviews.
You can comment until Jan. 3 on the plan. For details, see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-04/html/2013-26273.htm.
With the survey, NOAA aims to see how much money marine recreational anglers are spending on fishing trips and equipment. The survey will include two stages. Next year, NOAA plans to ask anglers about what they spend on fishing gear, boats, vehicles and second homes.
Then in 2016, it plans to follow up by asking fishermen what they spent on their most recent fishing expedition.
The purpose is to estimate the economic impact on recreational fishing nationwide and in specifically in each coastal state.
NOAA intends to survey 14,781 people about durable goods and 99,746 about trip expenditures. It estimates the goods survey will take about 15 minutes per interview and the trip survey about five minutes.