Recreational fishing brings a myriad of economic benefits to communities throughout the U.S.
The American Sportfishing Association and Southwick Associates created a new series of one-page infographics for all 435 Congressional districts in all 50 states. The 2017 infographics provide fishing participation and economic data at the Congressional district level.
The information in the report and infographics use data from the most recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau, as presented in 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.
The results in Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts report describe the economic contributions for the respective state economies from anglers who live within each congressional district.
In this study, Southwick Associates estimated the contributions that anglers made to their respective state economies based on their residence in each of the 435 U.S. congressional districts. Results are presented at the state level (Table 1) as well as the congressional district level (Table 2).
These results report the economic contributions to the respective state economies from anglers who live within each congressional district. They do not represent the economic contributions that occur within any given district as a result of angler spending. For example, the presence or absence of a large manufacturing firm within a district is not reflected in the equipment spending by a district’s residents.
To access the congressional district data, please use the directory below.
Please note – In each report, the dollar figure that anglers spent on fishing-related purchases is in retail sales. The economic output – also known as the multiplier effect – is a comprehensive number that also takes into account such items as lodging, food and other fishing-related items.