ASA Report: Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing

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A recently released report by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and Southwick Associates provides details about recreational fishing’s economic impact on all 435 Congressional districts and the 50 states.

The report, Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts, was accompanied by a series of one-page infographics.

The study found that America’s 46 million anglers generate more than $48 billion in retail sales with a $115 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for more than 800,000 people.

Economic benefits of recreational fishing include the manufacturing, sale or provision of tackle and other fishing gear, as well as services such as tackle retailers, boat builders, hotels, restaurants and much more.

The information in the report and infographics use data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ 2011 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 the economic contributions for the respective state economies from anglers who live within each congressional district.

The report and congressional district infographics are available at

source: The American Sportfishing Association (ASA)