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ASA report: US tackle sales have increased by more than 21% since 2011

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ASA President Glenn Hughes: “Sport fishing has a significant impact on the US economy.”

Fishing equipment sales in the US have risen by more than 21% since 2011 and the number of anglers has also increased by 8%, according to a new report published this week.

The 2018 Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation study estimated that anglers spend $49.8 billion per year in retail sales associated with their sport. With a total economic value of $125 billion, fishing supports 800,000 jobs and generates $38 billion in wages and $16 billion in federal, state and local taxes.

The fishing statistics report has been produced for the industry’s trade body, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), by Southwick Associates. It highlights that substantially more than other groups, fishermen support the nation’s conservation efforts through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund Program. The excise tax on fishing gear and motor boat fuel channeled more than $600 million of anglers’ dollars to state fish and wildlife conservation schemes in 2016.

“Sport fishing has a significant impact on this nation’s economy,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “Just by enjoying a day on the water, men, women and children across the United States pump billions of dollars into this country’s economy.  In many ways, America’s anglers are the nation’s most powerful force for conserving our fisheries and waters, investing more than $1 billion in fisheries management and conservation through taxes on fishing equipment and state fishing licence sales.”

“Recreational fishing provides numerous benefits to the overall well-being of the US,” added Mike Leonard, ASA Conservation Director. “Policies that support healthy fisheries and angler access are critical to supporting jobs and businesses throughout the country.”

The new analysis is based on data from the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted every five years on behalf of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies by the Census Bureau and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

In addition, this year, the outdoor recreation industry was included for the first time in the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) US GDP Calculations. Its report, issued in February, found that the sector makes up two percent of US GDP and accounts for $673 billion in annual gross domestic output.

That exceeds key US industries such as farming and computer manufacturing. The BEA also found that the outdoor recreation economy grew by 3.8% in 2016, exceeding the 2.8% growth of the country’s overall economy during the same period.

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