WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 100 million people, age 16 and older, participated in fishing and other outdoor-related activities in 2016, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The federal survey stated there was an increase in fishing participation nationwide.
About 101.6 million Americans participated outdoor activities last year, contributing about $156 billion into the economy.
The Fish and Wildlife Service conduct has regularly conducted five-year surveys on the state of outdoor activity participation since 1955. The survey reviews fishing and hunting participation.
“The report indicates an 8 percent increase in angling participation since 2011, from 33.1 million anglers to 35.8 million in 2016. The greatest increases in participation – 10 percent – were seen in the Great Lakes area. Total expenditures by anglers nationwide rose 2 percent from 2011 to 2016, from $45 billion to $46.1 billion,” Fish and Wildlife Service staff stated in a released statement.