$115 BILLION DOLLARS
Even if fish don't tug on your heartstrings, sportfishing's economic impact is something to consider. Simply enough, more fish in the water means more money being injected into our local economies. Why? Sportfishing bears an outsize impact on local economies where opportunity exists. Salmon, steelhead, bonefish and a handful of other species command big money across the world, felt not only through direct expenditure but also through related purchasing (think hotels, gas stations, grocery stores). Many areas depend on sportfishing expenditure and suffer when fish populations decline. Sportfishing is not commercial fishing's economically-impotent counterpart, but rather a dollar-generating powerhouse.
What we do on the water is reflected in the fish that we catch and the economies we support. Employing responsible fishing techniques helps maximize the number of fish available to anglers. More fish translates to more money and more jobs for economies that rely on sportfishing expenditure.
Case Study: Sportfishing's economic impact, 2013
American sportfishing generated $10 billion more revenue than google in 2013.
Revenue Generated 2013
Lockheed Martin builds stealth bombers, Chrysler is one of the "Big Three" American auto manufacturers, Intel is the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers and Google does everything. And yet, sportfishing generates more revenue than any of them. Like, $10 billion+ more revenue. Sportfishing's economic influence highlights the importance of ensuring that responsible fishing opportunity exists for tomorrow.