CreelCat, a Catalog of United States Inland Creel and Angler Survey Data

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The United States Inland Creel and Angler Survey Catalog (CreelCat) contains a national compilation of angler and creel survey data collected by natural resource management agencies across the United States (including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico). These surveys are used to help inform the management of recreational fisheries, by collecting information about anglers including what they are catching and harvesting, the amount of effort they expend, their angling preferences, and demographic information. As of May 1, 2023, CreelCat houses over 14,729 surveys from 33 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., comprising 235 data fields across 8 tables. These tables contain 235,015 records of fish catch and harvest metrics, 27,250 angler preference metrics, 14,729 records of survey characteristics, 13,576 records of effort metrics, and 409 records of angler demographics. Though individual creel surveys are often deployed to meet local science and management objectives, creel data aggregated across jurisdictions has the potential to address larger scale research and management needs.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title CreelCat, a Catalog of United States Inland Creel and Angler Survey Data
Series title Scientific Data
DOI 10.1038/s41597-023-02523-2
Volume 10
Year Published 2023
Language English
Publisher Nature
Contributing office(s) National Climate Adaptation Science Center
Description 762, 9 p.
Country United States
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