Spotted seatrout was the most popular catch among marine recreational anglers. The species is caught in the Gulf of Mexico and the south Atlantic regions, which have the highest combined concentration of saltwater anglers in the nation. The top catches in other regions were lane snapper (Caribbean), striped bass (North Atlantic), Atlantic croaker (Mid-Atlantic), chub mackerel (Pacific), black rockfish (Pacific Northwest), and bigeye scad (Western Pacific).
"We rely on data from both the recreational and commercial fishing communities to ensure we-re making informed conservation decisions," said Jim Balsiger, acting NOAA assistant administrator for NOAA-s Fisheries Service. "As we move towards an ecosystem approach to managing fisheries, the need for timely and accurate data on recreational fishing has never been greater."