Recreational fishing has a significant economic impact on communities throughout the U.S. But what does that really mean?
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) teamed up with Southwick Associates to create the 2019 Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, which updates the 2016 version. This also includes a new series of one-page infographics, which clearly illustrate recreational fishing’s economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states.
The reports use macro data from the 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, which is condensed into ASA’s Sportfishing in America report. The study used mapping and population software to hone in on smaller geographic areas in a way that is particularly relevant to members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
America's 49 million anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation's economy creating employment for more 800,000 people.