Recreational fishing had an economic impact of $115 billion in 2016. These findings were commissioned by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), which released a report following last year’s election.
The study also found that $48 billion on retail sales was generated last year–providing jobs for well over 828,000 people. How awesome is that?
They also unveiled their Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts tool covering the amount of anglers and their economic impact in each of the 435 U.S. Congressional Districts. For example, where I live – in Virginia’s 8th District- 56,175 anglers spent $61.5 million on fishing-related purchases last year. (See how your district matches up here.)
The report went on to explain that the recreational fishing industry is comprised of small businesses that “depend on solid fisheries conservation management and public access to public fishery resources.” The group also noted its support for a fairer tax burden and less federal business regulation with respect to the fishing industry–which should have conservatives and libertarians rejoicing.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) compiled data last year that found there are 46 million anglers in the United States. To see full findings on fishing participation of Americans, go here.
The ASA was founded in 1933 and is the nation’s leading recreational fishing trade association. Its goal is to represent the interests of businesses, agencies, and organizations vested in the industry.