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A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries

A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries is a landmark report produced by the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management that outlines a new paradigm for conserving marine fishing resources while producing the full range of saltwater recreational fishing’s economic, social and conservation benefits.

The report outlines the nation’s most important saltwater fisheries management issues and is intended to help guide federal policy decisions, particularly as Congress debates the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the law which governs the nation’s marine fisheries.

The economic imprint of saltwater angling in the U.S. is considerable. Anglers contribute more than $1.5 billion annually to fisheries habitat and conservation via excise taxes and license fees alone. In 2011, approximately 11 million Americans saltwater fished recreationally, spending $27 billion in pursuit of their sport. That activity generated more than $70 billion in economic output and sustained 450,000 jobs.

Download A Vision for Managing America’s Saltwater Recreational Fisheries, Spring 2014 (PDF)

Read the news release – February 13, 2014



Mike Nussman, president and CEO, the American Sportfishing Association,
explains the real impact recreational fishing has on saltwater fisheries during
a press event at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show.

For more information, contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson, 703 519 9691, x227.

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