2013 Mid-Atlantic Recreational Boater Survey

Recreational Boating
Urban Coast Institute Boat


Contact Info

Tony MacDonald

Urban Coast Institute, Director



Click for Mid-Atlantic Recreational Boater Survey

If you received a survey invitation in the mail and would like to participate, please click the link below to access the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Recreational Boater Survey. Please be sure to have the Unique ID printed at the top of the letter handy.

Looking for Volunteers!

Even if you weren't pre-selected, we are looking for volunteers to participate in the Mid-Atlantic Boater Survey. Follow this link:

After clicking the link to start the volunteer boater survey, you will be asked to enter a username and password. You can enter any number between 1001 and 9999 in the Username box and leave the Password box empty. If the number you select gives you a message that the survey is completed, simply select another number in that wide range. We have no way of knowing who you are, but need the id to match your survey answers to the map of the trip you will be asked to provide. Thank you very much for your participation!

About the Survey

Recreational boating in the Mid-Atlantic is an important activity that thousands of ocean users take part in during the summer months and throughout the entire year. Unfortunately, there is little documented data about the details of recreational ocean boating, such as duration of trips, and when and where boats visit.

With growing competition of other ocean uses such as shipping, commercial fishing, recreational fishing, offshore energy development, and national defense, it is important that ocean managers have the best available information of when and where uses take place in order to minimize conflicts.

To gain viable recreational boating information, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is conducting the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Recreational Boater Survey. The survey will collect information over a course of six months (May through October 2013) from thousands of saltwater recreational boaters in the Mid-Atlantic States of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Inquiries will be made about the location, duration, time, activities, and money spent on trips. The data will be compiled to create maps and enhance MARCO's online mapping tool, the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal.

2013 Recreational Boater Survey

The methodology of this survey, which has been utilized in the 2010 Massachusetts Recreational Boater Survey and the 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey, will randomly select individuals from state and federal boating databases. The selected individuals will receive a letter in the mail asking them to participate in monthly surveys via e-mail. The monthly surveys will ask the participants to describe their most recent boating trip in the past month.

The information gathered in this survey will provide a better understanding of how and where recreational boaters use the ocean to allow for efficient ocean planning. It also ensures that recreational boating areas are accounted for during evaluations and review processes of other ocean projects.