The benefits of more accurate data should be self-explanatory. Better data would help ensure the long-term sustainability of the fishery. But accurate reporting would also fully demonstrate the recreational stake in the fishery. Simply put, if there’s no catch history, then for allocation purposes, there’s no catch. If recreational catch has been underreported, it will be underrepresented in the allocation. The bluefin tuna angling-category allocation of 19.7 percent is based on the historical recreational catch of 1983 through 1991. The allocation percentages have been modified slightly since they were first set in 1992 to reflect current effort and landings by fishing category (e.g., angling, longline, harpoon). Higher reported angling landings could lead to a bigger allocation for anglers in the future, but that won’t happen if a large majority of bluefin anglers don’t report their catch, which currently seems the case.