U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report says fishing participation increased

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.


One thought on “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service report says fishing participation increased

  • October 3, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Hello FishRap – This report underscores that California’s declining fishing participation rate (and declining fishing license sales) can be reversed. If other states can do it, so can California.

    As the State Legislature continues to kill bills that aim reverse California’s trend, California anglers need to recognize the importance of getting engaged in the political process. Only then can we protect California’s sportfishing industry and the jobs it supports.

    Marko Mlikotin
    California Sportfishing League


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