Friday, March 22, 2013

Amazing economic statistics about hunting & fishing in America

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of hunters in the United States grew by nine percent, while their spending on hunting-related products and services grew by more than 30 percent, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). However, the total economic impact of the activity may go much further. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), in conjunction with the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), recently released the report, “Hunting In America: An Economic Force for Conservation,” which offers a unique glimpse into the real economic impact that hunting has on states and communities across the country.

Citing data compiled and analyzed by Southwick Associates, the report details not only the overall economic reach of hunters, but breaks numbers down by types of expenditures, and types of hunting including hunting for deer, migratory birds or upland birds. The report also examines hunter numbers by state, as well as participants' unwavering support for conservation.

Quick Hunting Facts:

·         13.7 million hunters
·         $38.3 billion in total expenditures
·         $86.9 billion in overall economic output
·         $26.4 billion in salaries and wages generated
·         680,937 jobs supported
·         $5.4 billion in state and local taxes generated
·         $6.4 billion in federal taxes
·         Over $1.6 billion annually in dedicated wildlife conservation funding

The NSSF’s report provides part of the foundation for a similar report, America’s Sporting Heritage: Fueling the American Economy,” released by the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation (CSF). The CSF reports provide compelling data on both hunting and fishing and provides abundant facts and figures that every American can appreciate.

Quick Fishing Facts:

Southwick Associates was also recently busy working with the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) to highlight another financial pillar of conservation, fishing, as described in the report, "Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation." With the USFWS reporting that 33 million Americans age 16 or older went fishing in 2011, and ASA estimating there are potentially as many as 60 million Americans of all ages who consider themselves anglers in the country, fishing at least once every five years, the sportfishing community is undoubtedly vital to the economy and conservation. 
It is estimated that anglers spend approximately $48 billion annually on equipment, licenses, trips, and other fishing-related items or events with an economic multiplier effect of $115 billion impacting our nation's economy. Each angler spends roughly $1,441 per year supporting 828,000 jobs that account for as much as $35 billion in salaries and wages. Plus, through excise taxes on fishing tackle, fishing licenses and personal donations, anglers contributed nearly $1.5 billion in dedicated funding to fisheries conservation in 2011. And these numbers promise to grow with the population of anglers growing 11 percent between 2006 and 2011. 
More Fishing Facts
· More Americans fish than play golf  and tennis combined.
· If fishing were a company, the amount spent by anglers to support fishing-related retail sales would rank number 51 on the Fortune 500 list.
· Fishing generated more revenue  ($48 billion) than Lockheed Martin  ($47 billion), Intel ($44 billion), Chrysler ($42 billion) or Google ($38 billion).
· The economic activity generated by sportfishing is greater than the economies, measured in Gross State Product, of 17 states.

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