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Monday, January 25 • 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Evaluation of Sample Design and Estimation Methods for Great Lakes Angler Surveys

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AUTHORS: Zhenming Su*, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and University of Michigan

ABSTRACT: Great Lakes waters support outstanding recreational fishing opportunities. Total catch and effort estimates obtained from on-site angler surveys are essential for the management of recreational fisheries. However, quality of angler survey estimates can be greatly affected by survey design and estimation approaches used. Using Monte Carlo simulation techniques, we evaluated the effects of two potential sources of bias (i.e., disproportional sampling of angler trips and subsampling of the fishing day) on two stratum catch estimators: a multiple-day estimator that ignores day effects and pools the angler trip data over a multiple-day period, and a daily estimator that treats the trip data in each day separately. When catch rates are constant among different time periods of the fishing day, the daily estimator produces total catch estimates with little bias; whereas the multiple-day estimator is prone to bias caused by disproportional sampling of angler trips. When catch rates vary among different periods of a fishing day, the daily estimator produces biased estimates of total catch when the fishing day is subsampled; whereas the multiple-day estimator is less affected by the variation in daily time-period catch rates and subsampling of fishing days. The quality of total catch and effort estimates (i.e., root mean squared error and coverage probability of confidence intervals) is poor when the number of days sampled each month is low and fishing days are subsampled.

Monday January 25, 2016 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Gerald Ford

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