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Marine Fisheries - Coastal Angling Program

Marine Fisheries

Division of Marine Fisheries Programs

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Coastal Angling Program

CAP is the collective title that encompasses a set of recreational fishing sampling and survey programs run by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. The goal of the Coastal Angling Program (CAP) is to improve the quality and quantity of recreational fisheries data. Information gathered through CAP is essential for the development of the state's fisheries management plans.

Information gathering includes mail, telephone, and electronic surveys of those who hold a N.C. Coastal Recreational Fishing License. It also includes in-person interviews with anglers returning to marinas, boat ramps, beaches, fishing piers, and other publicly accessible fishing sites. These interviews are conducted in partnership with NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Recreational Information Program: the state-regional-federal partnership that develops, implements, and improves a national network of recreational fishing surveys to estimate total recreational catch. These interviews are confidential, and the information anglers provide is not used by law enforcement. If you encounter DMF interviewers in the field, please take a few minutes to answer our questions about your fishing trip. Sharing this information is one of the most important contributions you can make to fisheries science, management, and the sustainability of recreational fishing.

Recreational Catch Statistics

Recreational Catch Query Tool

Coastal Angling Program
Read how CAP is gathering data to improve fishery management plans and how to participate.

 

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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