Gulf Reef Fish Survey Timeline
Learn about the history of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey.
Timeline of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey
Researchers from FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) participate in the first Gulf-wide workshop on Red Snapper Recreational Catch Accounting Methods to document the data needed to support regional and state management in Gulf of Mexico. The workshop was hosted by Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA Fisheries.
During the workshop, FWRI researchers worked together with NOAA Fisheries and statistical consultants to develop the initial concept of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey.
FWC holds a series of public workshops on a proposed rule to require anglers to sign up for the new Gulf Reef Fish Survey.
Researchers from FWRI participate in a second Gulf-wide workshop to review survey designs and consult with statistical experts.
The Commission approves the new Gulf Reef Fish Survey requirement.
Researchers from FWRI participate in a third Gulf-wide workshop to review status of pilot projects and learn about criteria for new survey designs to be certified as the best scientific information available for managing fisheries under the federal Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
First month that anglers are required to sign up for the Gulf Reef Fish Survey in order to legally harvest reef fish from a private boat on the west coast of Florida.
The Gulf Reef Fish Survey is launched; anglers signed up for the survey are randomly selected, begin receiving questionnaires in the mail, and participate in interviews with FWRI biologists at boat ramps and marinas.
2016 - 2017
Pilot testing of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey continues to be run side-by-side with the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). Data from the two surveys are used together to produce more precise catch estimates for reef fish.
Expert statisticians are invited to FWRI to formally review Gulf Reef Fish Survey methods and results of first three years of pilot testing.
FWRI receives final report from formal review by expert statisticians. Reviewers find the approach of the Gulf Reef Fish Survey is appropriate and the methods are statistically sound. They also provide suggestions for ways to improve the survey.
FWC is approved by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to participate in a new fishery-management pilot program that gives state managers flexibility to manage the Red Snapper recreational fishing season in adjacent state and federal waters. The Gulf Reef Fish Survey is named as the primary method for monitoring landings during the season.
Researchers from FWRI begin implementing recommended improvements to the Gulf Reef Fish Survey and prepare to apply for certification as the best scientific information available to manage the recreational fishery.
The Gulf Reef Fish Survey will be used to monitor the recreational fishing season for Red Snapper during the Fishery Management Pilot Program.
Researchers from FWRI participate in a fourth Gulf-wide workshop to develop methods for using recreational catch estimates before 2015 together with newer estimates generated through the Gulf Reef Fish Survey.
NOAA Fisheries announced that the agency has certified the design of Florida's Gulf Reef Fish Survey. The Gulf Reef Fish Survey is now eligible for federal funding to support implementation efforts as well as ongoing improvements.
FWRI researchers will be working with statisticians in the coming months to determine how to best adjust historical estimates based solely on the general MRIP surveys to be consistent with new estimates based on the integrated approach.