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NOAA conducting national survey on economic contributions of saltwater angling

March 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

Ocean angler

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is surveying saltwater anglers across the nation to update and improve estimates of the overall economic contributions of saltwater recreational fishing to the U.S. economy. This is NOAA’s second national survey focusing on how much saltwater anglers spend on their sport.

The data collected give a more accurate look at the economic effects of fishing regulations and changes in the ecosystem caused by natural or man-made events. The information gathered in the survey will contribute to more informed decisions on a variety of recreational fishing issues.

Anglers will be asked questions about their fishing habits, including how long their fishing trips last and how much they spend on bait, boat fuel, ice, charter fees and other expenses. Anglers will also be asked to participate in a follow-up survey that will ask them to estimate what they spend on durable goods such as boats and fishing tackle used for saltwater angling for the previous 12 months.

"By surveying the recreational fishing community, we are following through on one of the recreational fishing community's top priorities identified at the 2010 sportfishing summit," said Eric Schwaab, assistant NOAA administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service. "The survey will ensure that NOAA and the fishery management councils have the best data when considering management actions that affect anglers.”

Economists from NOAA’s Fisheries Service throughout the country as well as regional and state partners are assisting with the 2011 survey, which will include a random sampling of people who fish from shore, docks, party or charter boats and privately owned boats.

Throughout 2011, NOAA expects to speak with more than 15 million saltwater anglers in each of the 23 coastal states and Puerto Rico. Field interviews began in January in California, Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Puerto Rico. It will begin in the remaining Atlantic states and Texas in March and April, and in Alaska, Oregon and Washington in May.

The last study, completed in 2009, showed that anglers’ expenditures generated $59 billion in sales and supported more than 385,000 jobs.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Ocean angler. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times