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Title and Description:

Development and Testing of Recreational Fishing Effort Surveys Testing a Single-Phase Mail Survey Design

NOAA's Marine Recreational Information Program is developing improved methods to estimate marine recreational fishing catch and effort. Traditionally, marine recreational fishing effort data for the U.S. Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico have been collected by NOAA Fisheries through the Coastal Household Telephone Survey (CHTS). A 2006 review by the National Research Council noted that the CHTS design suffers from inefficiency due to the low rate of saltwater angler participation among the general population, as well as potential coverage bias due to the survey's limitation to coastal county residences and landline-based telephone numbers. In addition, response rates to the survey have declined considerably over the past decade, increasing the potential for nonresponse bias. The Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) has designed and tested several different data collection alternatives to address concerns about the CHTS. This report outlines the various approaches to collecting fishing effort data that have been studied by MRIP and describes the feasibility of a single-phase mail survey design as an alternative to the CHTS.

ID: 296 Info. Type:  ISI
Estimated and Actual Dissemination Date: 6/30/2014
Contact Person:Michael Liddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 1/19/2015

Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 5/28/2014
Review type: individual letters
Number of reviewers:
3 or fewer
Peer reviewers will be selected by: a designated outside agency: Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? yes

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? no

How? NA.

When? NA.

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? no.

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Survey Statistician, Mathematical Statistician, Survey Methodologist: Individuals with expertise in designing and/or administering statistical surveys; experience analyzing survey data and/or producing survey estimates; or expertise in probability sampling or probability theory.

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge to reviewers

Final peer review report

Final work product