Marine Recreational Anglers are Catching and Releasing
October 22, 2004
Marine recreational anglers have been catching more fish in recent years, but they are also releasing their catch more often, according to new data included in a report by NOAA Fisheries.
Marine recreational fishing supported nearly 350,000 jobs and generated $30.5 billion in economic impact to the nation according to a 2004 NOAA Fisheries report, The Economic Importance of Marine Angler Expenditures in the United States.
Another 2004 report, Fisheries of the United States, showed that the 10-year trend for fish caught recreationally is up by 11 percent since 1994. However, the number of fish the anglers actually keep has remained flat, showing no significant growth over the past decade.
Of the 10 most popular recreational species, the majority of fish (60 percent on average) are released alive. The report identified anglers top catches as spotted sea trout, Atlantic croaker, summer flounder and striped bass.
Top 10 Most Popular Recreational Fish
Both reports are available on the NOAA Fisheries Statistics web site: www.st.nmfs.gov/st1/index.html or by contacting the Recreational Fisheries Services Branch in the Office of Constituent Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 713-2379 x127
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