Abstract

Marine recreational fishing is a popular pastime across the United States that generates significant economic impacts to both local economies and to the nation. NOAA Fisheries estimates that over 70 million recreational fishing trips were taken by more than 11 million marine anglers in 2011.  In this report, the level of fishing expenditures for these anglers was quantified within each coastal state and the U.S. as a whole.  At the national level, it is estimated that marine anglers spent an estimated $4.4 billion on trip-based expenditures (e.g., ice, bait, and fuel) and another $19 billion on fishing equipment and durable goods (e.g., fishing rods, fishing tackle, and boats) in 2011.  For this study, a regional input-output assessment was conducted to examine how those expenditures circulated through each state's economy as well as the economy of the entire U.S.  It is shown that as angler expenditures filtered through the U.S. economy, they contributed an estimated $56 billion in total output impacts, $29 billion in value-added impacts (i.e., contribution to gross domestic product), $18 billion in income impacts, and supported 364 thousand jobs in the United States.
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