Marine Division Project Reports

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Striper angler
The Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey is one of many projects that help monitor New Hampshire's fisheries.

American Eel – Young of the Year Survey – The Marine Fisheries Division conducts an annual survey of young of the year American eels (elvers and glass eels) to monitor annual variation in American eel recruitment and understand long-term trends in the population.  These types of surveys are conducted in each state along the Atlantic coast.

Coastal Harvester Reporting Program – The Marine Fisheries Division tabulates catch and effort information from a required annual reporting program from individuals that have obtained a Coastal Harvest Permit to harvest finfish, American eels, and horseshoe crabs from coastal and estuarine waters of New Hampshire.

Estuarine Juvenile Finfish Survey – The Marine Fisheries Division conducts an annual survey of juvenile finfish within Great Bay, Piscataqua River, Little Harbor, and Hampton/Seabrook Harbor to monitor the relative abundance of juvenile finfish utilizing NH estuaries for nursery habitat.

New Hampshire/Maine Inshore Trawl Survey – The Marine Fisheries Division works cooperatively with the Maine Department of Marine Resources in conducting an annual fisheries independent monitoring survey in nearshore NH and Maine waters (5-60 fathoms) to fill information gaps needed to assess current populations of important recreational and commercial finfish and invertebrates for fisheries management.

Rainbow Smelt – The Marine Fisheries Division conducts an annual rainbow smelt survey during the winter ice fishery in Great Bay and tributaries to monitor New Hampshire’s rainbow smelt resource:

River Herring and American Shad – The Marine Fisheries Division monitors annual spring spawning runs of anadromous fish such as river herring (alewives and blueback herring) and American shad in six coastal and estuarine river systems along the coast of NH to restore runs to historic levels.

Sea-Run Brown Trout – The Marine Fisheries Division continues to provide a sea-run brown trout fishing experience in Berry’s Brook, Rye.  This program has been in existence since 1964.

Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey –The Marine Fisheries Division has conducted an annual Striped Bass Volunteer Angler Survey since 1993 to annually monitor the recreational fishery for striped bass to identify trends and evaluate the effect of fisheries management for this species.

Marine Recreational Fishing Statistics – The collection of marine recreational fishing statistics has been a coordinated effort between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fishery Service and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Marine Division. The Marine Division conducts the field intercept portion of the national Marine Recreational Survey (formerly the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey) in New Hampshire. The Marine Recreational Survey is designed to meet two critical needs: 1) provide detailed, timely, scientifically sound estimates that fisheries managers, stock assessors and marine scientists need to ensure the sustainability of ocean resources and, 2) address head-on stakeholder concerns about the reliability and credibility of recreational fishing catch and effort estimates.


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