For First Time, USFWS Analyzes Economic Contributions Of Nation’s Fisheries Programs

For First Time, USFWS Analyzes Economic Contributions Of Nation’s Fisheries Programs

Posted on Friday, November 04, 2011 (PST)

The fisheries program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in association with state agencies and other conservation organizations, contributes $3.6 billion to the nation’s economy and supports 68,000 jobs across the country, according to a new report issued by the agency.

“The report confirms once again that fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreational activities are an economic engine for our country,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. “When we invest in restoring fish and wildlife habitat and creating opportunities for people to enjoy outdoor recreation, we are investing in economic growth and jobs for the American people.”

Overall, hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation contribute an estimated $730 billion to the U.S. economy each year, Salazar noted. One in 20 U.S. jobs are in the recreation economy – more than there are doctors, lawyers, or teachers.

The report, “Conserving America’s Fisheries, An Assessment of Economic Contributions from Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation,” says that each dollar invested in the Service’s Fisheries Program, combined with its partners, generates about $28 in economic contributions and value.

The economic contributions generated, the report says, are evidenced at sporting goods stores, marinas, guides and outfitter services, boat dealerships, bait shops, gas stations, cafes, hotels, and many other enterprises.

The report – the first time that Service economists have analyzed the economic contributions of the nation’s fisheries programs – finds that a total of 68,000 American jobs are associated, directly or indirectly, with the fisheries conservation programs and projects. The report also shows the Service’s National Fish Hatchery System alone generates $900 million in industrial output and $550 million in retail sales. National Fish Hatchery programs generate 8,000 jobs and $256 million in salaries and wages.

Meanwhile, the National Fish Passage Program works with partners to reopen an average of 890 miles of river habitat annually, which has an economic value of $483 million and supports 11,000 jobs. That is more than $542,000 in economic benefit per stream mile restored.

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About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!

One Response to For First Time, USFWS Analyzes Economic Contributions Of Nation’s Fisheries Programs

  1. Kent Cannon says:

    This is great news for sport fishermen on the Columbia River and some of the Northern rivers in Washington.
    The value and impact of the gill net fishery do not pan out into actual income for the communities that they affect. In fact, they destroy non target fish such as wild steelhead, white sturgeon and green sturgeon.
    The sport fishery on the other hand contribute real dollars to the local communities in the form of: hotel income, meals and entertainment income, gas, tackle and many more items that immediately affect the local economies in a very cash positive way. This all happens with good stewardship of the resource by sportsmen.
    In truth, sport fishermen spend millions of dollars each year while the local impact of the gill netters is negligible. Most gill netters are, part time while holding down full time jobs in other industries. Their catch is in truth paid for with tax dollars which they in turn sell for a profit…

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