March 2nd Meeting

Think snow…

Our March meeting will be 6:30pm at the Queens Botanical Gardens, Main Street, Flushing. If the weather is decent, we will be outdoors for a bit, but our featured guest…

Tony Ertola will present Spring Tune Up an interactive discussion and an indoor demonstration; fly casting practice to improve performance; improving efficiency, add distance, deal with wind; and learn practice drills to increase distance and deal with the wind.

Tony’s background:

  • Fly fishing over 30 years;
  • IFFF certified casting instructor;
  • NYS licensed fishing guide;
  • Professional custom fly rod builder; and
  • Current Vice President of Art Flick Trout Unlimited

Meanwhile take note of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council event. Tune in on February 11, 2015.

Listening Session: New Recreational Fishing Effort Estimation Methodology

Guest Speaker: Rob Andrews, NOAA Fisheries, Office of Science and Technology

Wednesday, February 11, 2015; 5:00 – 6:00 pm.
Doubletree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone-University
1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605
Telephone: 919-828-0811

Webinar

Members of the public are invited to attend the Council’s next listening session at 5pm on Wednesday, February 11th for a presentation and discussion about new methods of estimating recreational fishing effort. Rob Andrews from NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Science and Technology will give a brief presentation and answer questions about the new methodology. The listening session is being held in conjunction with the February Council Meeting. Individuals are welcome to attend in person or via webinar at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/february2015/.

Background

Over the past several years, NOAA’s Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) has been working on ways to improve effort estimates on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. In 2014 NOAA Fisheries released preliminary findings from a multi-year pilot project which indicated that mail surveys are likely do a better job of capturing recreational fishing effort by reaching a broader population of anglers and getting more accurate information from respondents.

The pilot study produced effort estimates substantially higher than the estimates currently produced by the phone survey, meaning that implementation of the mail survey could have profound impacts on the management of some Council-managed fisheries. Before the new effort estimation methods can be used for management purposes, the two surveys will be run side by side for several years to calibrate the old data with the new survey. A transition team with representatives from NOAA Fisheries, Fishery Management Councils, Marine Fisheries Commissions, and state partners has been formed to design an implementation plan.

Additional background materials may be found at:
http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/recreational-fisheries/program-overview/mrip-effort-survey.