We always like to beat up “the government” for what we perceive to be unacceptable performance and, let’s face it, it is a big target. Certainly, its response to the declaration by the National Academy of Sciences of MRFSS being flawed was laudable, but many of us have been critical of the time taken to get the new Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) up and functional. I’d like to say that I know enough about statistics and statistical analysis that it could have been done in a much shorter time, but I do not. For certain, I am aware that NOAA Fisheries took the time to get it right, and that required a lot of assumptions to be tested and a lot of pilot programs to be rolled out and analyzed. That takes time.