Recreational Fisheries Economics

The NOAA Fisheries Recreational Economics Program collects economic data, develops economic models, and conducts analyses in order to:

  • Describe the economic impacts associated with marine recreational fisheries
  • Estimate the level and distribution of net benefits derived from those fisheries
  • Understand and predict the behavior of recreational fisheries participants
  • Understand the outcomes of alternative management actions on recreational fisheries and their participants

This research program directly supports NOAA Fisheries stewardship goal of maximizing benefits to the nation while ensuring the long-term sustainability of all living marine resources.

NOAA Fisheries recently completed a national survey of saltwater angler expenditures in 2011.