Date: Jan. 14, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Fishermen May Be Asked About Their Fishing
MOREHEAD CITY — Commercial fishermen who fish the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds may be getting a call in the coming months for a survey being conducted by the N.C Division of Marine Fisheries.
The division will survey approximately 400 fishermen between now and June 2013 to find out information on fishing habits, perceptions, income, expenditures and demographics. The information gathered in the survey will be used in fishery management plans as well as to develop economic impact models and to help fisheries managers make informed decisions on various fisheries topics.
Fishermen will be asked questions on species commonly targeted, business structure, average trip and annual fishing expenses, demographic information such as education, age, and household income, as well as opinions on conflict with other fishermen and water users, fisheries regulation and community reliance on commercial fishing.
Individual answers to questions will be kept strictly confidential; however the results from all participants will be combined and included in a written report that will be made available to anyone interested in commercial fishing within this survey area.
A fisherman who receives such a call can verify that the person calling is a Division of Marine Fisheries employee by asking the caller to verify his or her personal identification number. This number is located on the bottom left corner of all North Carolina Standard Commercial Fishing Licenses.
For the survey results to be truly representative of those who fish the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, it is very important and highly appreciated that fishermen participate in the survey and answer as many questions as possible. The results of such surveys are taken very seriously and are often used by the division and the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission to guide them in making rules that affect fishing activities within the survey area.
For more information, contact John Hadley, division socio-economics program manager, at 252-808-8107 or