Recreational fishing is a multibillion dollar industry. Collecting statistics on marine recreational fisheries is authorized by.
This report provides landings totals for u s.
Recreational fishing statistics us. It also has data on the u s. In 2017 more than 49 million americans participated in freshwater saltwater and fly fishing. Virginia was the top state for recreational catches of spot and croaker according to a recent economic report from noaa fisheries.
An estimated 2 195 billion was spent on recreational fishing trips in 2017 18 resulting in combined direct and indirect economic output in excess 3 42 billion 95 z. Published each fall fisheries economics of the united states takes a detailed look at the economic performance of commercial and recreational fisheries and other marine related sectors on a state regional and national basis. Fisheries of the united states compiles key statistics into a snapshot of fishing s importance to the nation.
The report fisheries economics of the united states 2016 is the 11th volume in an annual series designed to give the public accessible economic information on fishing and seafood in the u s and is a companion to fisheries of the united states. Noaa will expand recreational cod fishing off new england the federal government is expanding the recreational fishing season for cod in the gulf of maine in the coming year. Recreational and commercial fisheries by species.
Number of paid fishing license holders in the united states from 2000 to 2020 gross cost of fishing licenses in the u s. The american sportfishing association and southwick associates released the 2017 update of economic contributions of recreational fishing. Household expenditure on hunting and fishing.
The report states america s 46 million anglers have a total economic impact of 115 billion for the united states. Section 5 a 4 of the fish and wildlife act of 1956 16 usc 742 which provides for the collection and dissemination of statistics on commercial and sport fishing. Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the united states.
Commercial and recreational fishing affects the economy in terms of employment sales and value added impacts. From 2000 to 2020 u s. Fishery processing industry imports and exports of fishery related products and domestic supply and per capita consumption of fishery products.
By contrast commercial fishing generated 141 billion in sales impacts. Catch effort and participation rates are evaluated by surveys and are used to inform fisheries management practices. It also describes how u s.
In the united states in 2014 about 11 million recreational saltwater fishers generated 58 billion in sales impacts.