The Coastal Angling Program (CAP) oversees a variety of recreational fishing sampling and survey programs run by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
It includes mail, telephone and online surveys of anglers who hold a Coastal Recreational Fishing License, and in-person interviews of anglers at boat
ramps, beaches, and piers. The CAP also coordinates sampling of upper estuarine river species (striped bass and shad) and participates in
the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), a national fisheries survey program.
The goal of CAP is to improve the quality and quantity of recreational fisheries data, thereby improving the precision of estimates of catch and effort.
Information gathered through CAP is essential for the development of the State's Fishery