The following information is taken from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation: National Overview. The Survey is one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife-related recreation in the United States.
Anglers spent $41.8 billion on trips, equipment, licenses, and other items to support their fishing activities in 2011. The average expenditure per angler was $1,261.
2011 Fishing Related Expenses
The United States Fish & Wildlife Service reports that 33 million Americans age 16 or older went fishing in 2011, and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) estimates that there are potentially as many as 60 million Americans of all ages who consider themselves anglers in the country. The sportfishing community is undoubtedly vital to the economy and conservation.
There is an economic multiplier effect of $115 billion impacting our nation’s economy supporting 828,000 jobs that account for as much as $35 billion in salaries and wages. Plus, through excise taxes on fishing tackle, fishing licenses and personal donations, anglers contributed nearly $1.5 billion in dedicated funding to fisheries conservation in 2011. These numbers promise to grow with the population of anglers growing 11 percent between 2006 and 2011.
- 766,085 Anglers fished in New Jersey in 2011: Resident Anglers:509,000, Nonresidents: 257,000
- They were responsible for 9,454,000 days of fishing and 15,386 local jobs
Some interesting fishing facts:
- More Americans fish than play golf (21 million) and tennis (13 million) combined.
- If fishing were a company, the amount spent by anglers to support fishing-related retail sales would rank number 51 on the Fortune 500 list.
- Fishing generated more revenue ($48 billion) than Lockheed Martin ($47 billion), Intel ($44 billion), Chrysler ($42 billion) or Google ($38 billion).
- The economic activity generated by sportfishing is greater than the economies, measured in Gross State Product, of 17 states.
2011, Activities in New Jersey by Residents and Nonresidents
Characteristics of New Jersey Resident Anglers: 2011
New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the US and anglers offer excellent demographics for those interested in marketing to this niche. As you will see in the following charts, the income and education levels are well above average.
Gender (In thousands) Age (In thousands)