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.