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Fishing is vital to the US economy

A major new government report reveals that outdoor recreation in the USA, including fishing, generates $778 billion in gross output and supports 5.2 million jobs.

Boating and fishing, RVing, motorbiking, hunting and shooting and equestrian sports are the five largest outdoor recreational activities, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency of the US.Department of Commerce.

The data also reveals that this sector’s share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is larger than many traditional industries, such as mining, utilities, farming and ranching and chemical products manufacturing.

The top five US states where outdoor sports account for the largest share of total US GDP are California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas. “Outdoor recreation, including recreational fishing, isn’t just about fun; it’s also big business,” said Glenn Hughes, president of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA).

“BEA’s new report gives us even more data to show policymakers the economic importance of outdoor recreation, and therefore the need for sound public policy that supports the $778 billion outdoor recreation economy.”
“[This] state data is a significant step forward for the entire outdoor recreation industry,” addd Jessica Wahl, executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR).

“This second full year of national data – together with prototype state-level numbers – proves that our industry is a driving economic force across the country.”

Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice-president of government and legal affairs at the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), said: “While this report contains many invaluable insights, there is one takeaway that bears repeating… The outdoor recreation industry – led by boating and fishing – has earned its seat at the decision-making table.”

Author: John Hunter

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