Hawaii Noncommercial Fishing Attitudes and Preferences Survey


In 2013, NOAA Fisheries conducted the first-ever national survey of recreational saltwater fishers' opinions and attitudes. The results provide insights into fishers' motivations, characteristics of successful trips, and preferred management objectives to help NOAA Fisheries better understand what saltwater recreational fishers care most about. This survey was conducted in 22 coastal states across the continental US, but Hawaii was not included in this research.

The PIFSC Socioeconomics Program worked with Impact Assessment, Inc. to implement this survey locally between June and August 2015 to collect information from Hawaii fishermen who catch fish for themselves, their families, and the community.

The purpose of the survey is to help PIFSC understand what matters most to Hawaii noncommercial fishermen:

  • Why do you fish, how often, what kinds of fish do you catch and how do you catch them?
  • How important are the fish you catch to your family, friends, and community?
  • How well do you think Hawaii fisheries are being managed?
  • How would you rate the fishing experience in Hawaii?
  • What changes in fishery management they would like to see now and in the future?

We are interested in hearing from all types of noncommercial fishermen: shoreline, boat-based, and everything in-between.

Hawaii results will closely mirror reports published from the 2013 national survey, but care will be taken to provide interpretations that are relevant to the Hawaii fishing community and local fishery managers.

Informational Products

Hawaii Noncommercial Fishing Attitudes and Preferences Survey Flyer


Brinson AA, Wallmo K
2013. Attitudes and Preferences of Saltwater Recreational Anglers: Report from the 2013 National Saltwater Angler Survey, Volume I. U.S. Dept. of Commer., NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/SPO-135, 45 p.