Increasing Creel Survey Efficiency: Early Termination of Survey on Inactive Days

Estimates were made of the percent of sport-boat interviews and retained fish that would be missed by terminating weekend surveys early when no anglers have been seen prior to specified times. Surveys could be terminated at 1200 hours during the summer and not miss more than 2% of the total interviews within any 1 bay system. Fall, winter, and spring surveys could be terminated at 1400 hours and no more than 4% of the total interviews would be missed. The percent of surveys that could be terminated early is highest in winter (37%-67%) and lowest in summer and fall (2%-10%). The percent of fish retained by anglers that would not be seen in interviews due to early termination was never more than 4% within any bay system and season.

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