Intended to provide a series of “sound bites” that resonate within the outdoor community as well as the general public, the CSF report spotlights some of the most compelling data for hunters and anglers.
For example, the 15.5 million hunters age 6 and up could fill every NASCAR track, NFL stadium, NBA arena, MLB ballpark and NHL rink in the country more than twice (15.5 million vs. 7.2 million combined capacity).
In addition, anglers spent $47.7 billion in 2011, which is more than the revenues for Lockheed Martin that year ($46.9 billion). Similar comparisons for many other participation and spending statistics are found throughout the CSF report.
The fishing industry also developed a more detailed analysis of anglers’ impacts on the nation’s economy and fisheries conservation that was released earlier this month. The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) Sportfishing in America: An Economic Force for Conservation reports that the number of anglers increased 11 percent since 2006 while fishing tackle sales grew more than 16 percent.
When expenditures are multiplied by the nation’s 60 million anglers, their dollars have a significant impact on our nation’s economy.
A number of reports strongly indicate that American families identify fishing as one of the best ways to spend quality time together. According to the National Sporting Goods Association, fishing as a leisure-time activity ranks higher than playing basketball or softball, skateboarding, jogging or hiking.
“Sportfishing is more than just a traditional American pastime, it is a powerful economic force, an unparalleled contributor to conservation and a vital part of the American culture,” ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman said. “Hidden, but nonetheless real, is the multiplying factor that effectively triples what an angler spends on fishing tackle when the initial expenditure ripples through the economy in terms of dollars spent on travel, food, lodging, gas and other amenities.”