Facts

America’s 11 million marine recreational anglers support over 450,000 jobs and a $70 billion economic impact annually.  

Recreational anglers provide a greater economic impact than industrial commercial fishermen: America’s 11 million recreational saltwater anglers make a combined economic contribution of $70 billion annually, spend $26.5 billion each year, and create 455,000 American jobs.

America’s recreational anglers deserve fair and reasonable access to America’s public fisheries.

Current law unfairly favors industrial commercial fishing at the expense of recreational anglers by severely limiting access to our waters. In some cases, recreational anglers are only permitted to fish a handful of days each year. This is a dramatic decrease from past policy. Recreational anglers deserve fair and reasonable access to America’s fisheries.

Recreational anglers are America’s leading conservationists.

Recreational anglers have led the way to maintain sustainable fish populations and protect habitats. Recreational anglers contribute to habitat restoration, and their license fees pay for management and restoration conducted by state agencies. They, along with fishing equipment manufacturers, have developed fishing tackle and best practices that reduce fish mortality. Building and preserving healthy fish stocks is in the best interest of all Americans.

Anglers work to sustain healthy fish stocks and access to these public fishery resources.

The Center for Sportfishing Policy aims to make fishing fair by fixing marine fisheries management. Our goal is to sustain healthy fish stocks and ensure our ocean fisheries remain truly public resources available to all Americans.

Recreational fishing is family friendly.  

Recreational fishing is a family friendly activity that connects people to nature and develops in its participants an abiding respect for natural resources.

Source data: American Sportfishing Association, “Sportfishing in America,”http://asafishing.org/uploads/2011_ASASportfishing_in_America_Report_January_2013.pdf NOAA 2013 Recreational Bait and Tackle Economic Survey http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/economics/fisheries/recreational/Bait-and-Tackle/bt-survey-20141. National Marine Fisheries Service, 2012; Fisheries Economics of the United States, 2011. U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, Tech Memo NMFS-F/SPO-118 p. 175