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January 12, 2009

Saltwater recreational fishermen boon for economy, says NOAA

The top recreational fishing state is Florida.

Recreational saltwater anglers pumped more than $31 billion into the U.S. economy in  2006, with Florida, Texas, California, Louisiana and North Carolina receiving the largest share according to a new study issued by NOAA's Fisheries Service.  

At the national level, saltwater anglers are estimated to have spent $5.8 billion on trip-based expenses, such as ice, bait, and fuel, and another $25.6 billion on fishing equipment and durable goods like fishing rods, fishing tackle, and boats.  

The top five coastal recreational fishing states are: Florida ($16.7 billion), Texas ($3.2 billion), California ($3.0 billion), Louisiana ($2.9 billion), and North Carolina ($2.0 billion).   
 
In addition to quantifying angler expenditures, this study examines how these expenditures circulated through each state's economy and the national economy using a regional assessment. The $31.4 billion in total U.S. expenditures in 2006 contributed $82.3 billion in total sales, $39.1 billion to gross national product, $24 billion in personal income, and supported nearly 534,000 jobs.    
  
The Economic Contribution of Marine Angler Expenditures in the United States 2006 is available online at: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st5/index.html