Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program - ACCSP

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program - ACCSP The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) is a cooperative state-federal program to design, implement, and conduct marine fisheries statistics data collection programs. Please visit www.accsp.org for more information.

ACCSP is a cooperative state-federal program to design, implement and conduct marine fisheries statistics data collection programs and to integrate those data into a single data management system that will meet the needs of fishery managers, scientists and fishermen.

Mission: Produce dependable and timely marine fishery statistics for Atlantic coast fisheries that are collected, processed and disseminated according to common standards agreed upon by all program partners.

Are you at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show? If so, stop by booths #306 and #326 to say hello!
03/09/2018

Are you at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show? If so, stop by booths #306 and #326 to say hello!

As requested, we will be hosting a SAFIS eTrips workshop in NY next Friday! Call 800-984-0810 to register.
03/07/2018

As requested, we will be hosting a SAFIS eTrips workshop in NY next Friday! Call 800-984-0810 to register.

Learn how to use our eTrips Online and eTrips/Mobile apps at one of MAFMC's for-hire eVTR training workshops this Februa...
01/16/2018
Mid-Atlantic Council to Offer Training Workshops on Electronic Vessel Trip Reporting for the For-Hire Community

Learn how to use our eTrips Online and eTrips/Mobile apps at one of MAFMC's for-hire eVTR training workshops this February: http://www.mafmc.org/newsfeed/2018/for-hire-evtr-training-workshops

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold two workshops to help for-hire vessel operators prepare for upcoming electronic reporting requirements. Saturday, February 10, Danvers, Massachusetts Saturday, February 24, Toms River, New Jersey

The fall edition of of our quarterly newsletter, Fisheries Files, is now available! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2BF...
12/06/2017
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The fall edition of of our quarterly newsletter, Fisheries Files, is now available! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2BFM3OP

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
12/05/2017
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

This morning the Council kicks off the day at 8:30 AM with a Recreational Reporting Workshop to discuss fisheries and wildlife management reporting opportunities and programs already available to the public.

Join us at the link below for presentations from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, @Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, MyFishCount, and Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program - ACCSP.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6669604935027302914

An award to study river herring using eDNA, an extended moratorium on northern shrimp fishing, and more covered in this ...
11/30/2017
Atlantic Coast Fisheries News | November 30, 2017

An award to study river herring using eDNA, an extended moratorium on northern shrimp fishing, and more covered in this week's Atlantic Coast Fish News: http://conta.cc/2zTjqBn

These two licensing days will be held at the Dover DMV office, 50 Boston Harbor Road, Dover, NH, on Thursday, December 14, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Our latest edition of Fisheries Files includes recommendations for integrating fisheries reporting and priorities for At...
09/26/2017
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Our latest edition of Fisheries Files includes recommendations for integrating fisheries reporting and priorities for Atlantic coast recreational data collection: http://bit.ly/2wRsoNZ

Learn how agencies are preparing for offshore wind development and sand mining on the OCS in this week's Fish News: http...
03/16/2017

Learn how agencies are preparing for offshore wind development and sand mining on the OCS in this week's Fish News: http://conta.cc/2n2ZkNB

Hey New England! Come check out ACCSP's booth at the 2017 New England Saltwater Fishing Show. We will be here all weeken...
03/10/2017

Hey New England! Come check out ACCSP's booth at the 2017 New England Saltwater Fishing Show. We will be here all weekend!

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
02/06/2017

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Fish is excellent source of nutrition, it is one of nature's super foods! Here are some interesting facts! http://bit.ly/2kVEQpO

Cobia Bowl
01/30/2017
Cobia Bowl

Cobia Bowl

There is a lot going on with cobia at VIMS/VMRC. VIMS hosted a meeting, shared via webinar, on cobia research. The focus was the new cobia projects recently funded through the recreational license fund. The webinar recording link is now available here: http://vims.adobeconnect.com/p61cp4qc4nw/ .

There are two genetics studies out there that both have low sample size (especially Chesapeake Bay cobia) that contradict each other. A South Carolina study was a SEDAR Paper in 2012 and later published peer review in 2014 with a smaller sample size. It looked at relatively few DNA alleles but found genetic differences between gulf coast cobia, offshore Atlantic cobia, Chesapeake Bay, and inshore South Carolina cobia stocks. A peer-review study published in 2013 had even fewer cobia samples but looked at much more of the DNA, found that all of the US cobia were the same genetic stock but were different from Asian cobia. The South Carolina study said the 2013 study did not find the differences that it did due to not sampling during spawning aggregations (though Chesapeake cobia are a spawning aggregation). So, VIMS is going to do a more robust DNA analysis of cobia DNA with more cobia from various areas of our fishery and gulf coast cobia and look at more of the genetic code. They will need samples and would like numerous samples from different locations (50 cobia from York Spit, 50 from Deltaville area and so on). They are also asking for gender and gonad analysis (as in pre-spawn, post spawn). Mostly, this is for kept fish but a really ripe fish can be expressing in your landing net.

If you are a Virginia gamefish tagging program volunteer, the genetics study will be linked to that program also. Tagged fish will be linked to their DNA samples to provide even more data when they are recaptured.

Dr. Graves deployed 7 pop-up satellite tags in cobia last August. They will pop off next month and they will tell us what these fish have been doing over the past 6 months. Dr. Graves will deploy 10 more tags this summer.

There is another VIMS cobia tag study with acoustic tags. The tags stay in the fish and are heard from whenever they swim near a listening station. There is less data than with PSAT and they have to swim by a listening station but they are much less expensive than PSAT.

They are looking for historical catch data from anywhere they can get it. They have both the citation and tagging program data. They would like any records kept over time. The PSWSFA is supplying its records. If you have kept a fishing log over the years, they want your cobia history.

They are looking at the economic impacts of cobia fishing. Fishery managers are required to consider economic impacts during management decisions. As part of the federal cobia closure last summer, NOAA stated a very low economic impact would be caused. VIMS will try to determine just what this fishery is worth and how regulation changes and other factors affect that.

They need angler help with all of this...collect samples, take them fishing, tag fish, provide catch data, help develop and participate in economic surveys and so on. Contact Susanna Musick for information or to volunteer to help with any of these projects: [email protected] .

VMRC is requiring a free Cobia permit with mandatory reporting this year. Recreational mandatory reporting has had very poor results historically. It will be up to anglers to make this work or we will only have MRIP estimated catch data to work with. Those estimates have been widely disbelieved. This is our chance to provide real catch numbers.

It is a big year for Virginia cobia knowledge gain.

The PSWSFA will not have the “Flounder Bowl” this year. Instead, there will be the “Cobia Bowl” to raise funds for cobia research at VIMS, provide samples, and catch data. The tournament will be held June 22-24 dependent on Virginia’s cobia regulations.

The public hearing for Virginia’s cobia regulations will probably be at the March VMRC meeting. Anglers need to be prepared to participate in the deliberations again this year.

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