An­gling Par­tic­i­pa­tion on the Rise

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice re­leased a syn­op­sis of the 2016 Na­tional Sur­vey of Fish­ing, Hunt­ing, and Wildlife-as­so­ci­ated Recre­ation, and it shows a sub­stan­tial in­crease in re­cre­ational fish­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion: nearly 20 per­cent in the past decade.

The sur­vey, con­ducted ev­ery five years in part­ner­ship with the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, also in­di­cates that over­all fish­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in­creased 8.2 per­cent for in­di­vid­u­als 16 to 65 years old over the last five years, the high­est level of par­tic­i­pa­tion since 1991. Rev­enue from equip­ment pur­chases to all trip ex­pen­di­tures also in­creased from $45 billion to $46.1 billion dur­ing the same pe­riod.

“Ded­i­cated ef­forts by the Re­cre­ational Boat­ing & Fish­ing Foun­da­tion (RBFF), state fish and wildlife agen­cies, the re­cre­ational fish­ing in­dus­try and in­de­pen­dent pro­grams have made in­creases in re­cre­ational fish­ing pos­si­ble,” said Glenn Hughes, vice pres­i­dent of in­dus­try re­la­tions of the Amer­i­can Sport­fish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, which de­vel­oped tools and ma­te­ri­als for the re­cre­ational fish­ing in­dus­try to fur­ther as­sist in the ef­fort, with the em­pha­sis on ef­fec­tively reach­ing an­glers through re­cruit­ment, re­ten­tion and re­ac­ti­va­tion prac­tices.

“We’re ex­cited to see the fruits of our ef­forts val­i­dated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice’s lat­est re­port,” said RBFF Pres­i­dent and CEO Frank Peter­son. “The re­sults show that RBFF has had a pos­i­tive im­pact on fish­ing and boat­ing since its in­cep­tion, and we only plan to build upon these num­bers.”

CAST­ING CALL: More an­glers are wet­ting a line.

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