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Recreational Fishing’s Economic Impact

By J. Oravetz, 09/21/18, 3:00PM EDT


ASA 2018 data

This fishing statistics report is produced for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s trade association, by Southwick Associates.

Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation highlights how recreational fishing not only endures as an activity that permeates all social and economic aspects of Americans’ lives, but also plays a significant role in the country’s most successful fisheries conservation efforts.

According to the new study, America’s anglers are estimated to spend $49.8 billion per year in retail sales associated with their sport. With a total annual economic impact of $125 billion, fishing supports more than 800,000 jobs and generates $38 billion in wages and $16 billion in federal, state and local taxes.