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Old 10-14-2011, 03:32 PM
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Default Re: Have you been surveyed?

Here's an example of just how effective this method of data collection is,,,, the results of the 2010 phone survey conducted in Rhode Island in 2010.

Out of 73,024 phone calls made in 2010, only 346 reached "Eligible Fishing Households". That's a 0.47% success rate of reaching someone who fishes. The report does not detail how many of those 346 who were reached actually fish specifically for striped bass with any regularity,,, I'm sure not all of them, bringing the percentage even lower.

This raises 2 questions in my mind:
1. Where do you think the recreation harvest numbers really come from?
2. Do you feel they are accurate enough to be used in managing the fishery?
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