...a measure of total removals of a target species should include fish landed and fish caught and released (with some determination of mortality rates of released fish), predation at each life history stage, and loss through incidental capture.
Ecosystem Report to Congress, 1999.
The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program comprises 17 partners responsible for collecting commercial fisheries data. They include the National Marine Fisheries Service, the resource agencies of the 15 Atlantic coast states and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission. These partners regulate the fishing industries in their respective areas and are responsible for collecting data that meet the ACCSP's minimum standards for data elements and timeliness.
The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program standard for recreational fisheries data collection is the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS). The MRFSS is a series of annual surveys to obtain standardized and comparable estimates of participation, effort, and catch by recreational anglers in the marine waters of the United States. The MRFSS compiles information relating to catch and effort, biological data, bycatch, and periodically socioeconmic data.
A Report on the Discard Data from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center’s Coastal Fisheries Logbook Program (PDF) by John Poffenberger, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center.
Estimates of King Mackerel Discards for the Atlantic and Gulf Migratory Groups (PDF) by John Poffenberger, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center.