Report: Anglers spent $156 million on saltwater fishing in sanctuaries

STATEWIDE — A report published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on June 22 revealed California’s anglers spent about $156 million on saltwater recreational fishing at national marine sanctuaries in Channel Islands, Monterey Bay, Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones.

The NOAA report also found the spending supported 1,400 jobs generated more than $200 million in annual economic output. More than 13 percent of recreational saltwater fishing between 2010 and 2012 occurred in the four national marine sanctuaries along the Central and Northern California coast, according to NOAA.

“This report underscores the value of national marine sanctuaries as focal points for recreation and local economic development,” Bob Leeworthy, chief economist for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, said. “It also highlights the important role sanctuaries play in protecting the health and integrity of critical marine ecosystems, including places cherished by recreational saltwater anglers.”

The total economic impact from recreational fishing in the four national marine sanctuaries was, on average, $213.1 million between 2010 and 2012.

“Communities served by a national marine sanctuary, on average, saw an additional $74.4 million in income to business owners and employees as a result of recreational fishing in the sanctuary,” the report also found. “Of the places anglers fish, national marine sanctuaries accounted for 13.4 percent of the total person-days of recreational fishing in California each year on average.”

About 10 percent of all anglers statewide visited the sanctuaries and dropped a line from shore; NOAA estimated 22.3 percent of all anglers aboard charter or passenger fishing vessels in California were at Channel Islands, Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones or Monterey Bay. Almost 26 percent of anglers aboard a private or rental boat statewide, on average, fished in one of the four sanctuaries, NOAA reported.

Anglers reportedly spent nearly $80 million and $76 million on trip-related expenses and durable goods, respectively.

Fuel was one of the leading items in the trip-related expenses department, while rods, reels, boat storage and tackle dominated durable goods purchases.

The complete report is available at tinyurl.com/oz8nmvx.

NOAA’s report was peer-reviewed and based upon dated provided by the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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