Data collection and analysis are integral to managing important marine fish populations. Fishery-dependent data are essential for developing accurate fishery assessments, and for evaluating the effectiveness of state and federal fishery management policies. Fisheries Analytics Project staff participates in gathering, managing, reviewing, and analyzing fishery data used to satisfy regulatory requirements, and providing these data to users. Staff supports the California Recreational Fisheries Survey and other recreational and commercial fisheries surveys to ensure their management relevance and scientific quality.
Project staff also participates in developing fisheries data surveys and methods on an interstate level through participation in the tri-state Recreational Fisheries Information Network, and NOAA Fisheries' Marine Recreational Information Program.
Additionally, the project conducts stock assessment and other quantitative modeling to inform fisheries management. Project staff works collaboratively to coordinate state and federal fishery data collection programs, and review information needs for the management and conservation of marine fisheries.