Sportfishing in America

Sportfishing in America

Despite competition from video games and other similar activities and increased urbanization, recreational angling remains one of the largest outdoor recreational activities in the nation as well as one of the most solid industries in the United States.

An Economic Force for Conservation

According to the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation America’s anglers generate nearly $50 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for 800,000 people.

The 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is released every five years and provides a “snapshot in time” of recreational fishing in the United States.

The survey results about recreational fishing are summarized in Sportfishing in America which is compiled by Southwick Associates.

Download Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation, November 2018. (PDF)

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