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While commercial fishermen and dealers must submit extensive paperwork on what they catch daily, there is no such requirement for recreational fishermen. Commercial fishermen and dealers number 4,076 and 606 respectively compared with about 670,000 anglers using around 800 for-hire boats. Angione reports on how text messaging could help with daily data collection from recreational fishermen.
Seafood caught by commercial fisherman declined for the fifth straight year in 2007, but the dockside value increased from the previous year. Total recreational landings by pounds declined by 7.3 percent from 2006.