Florida top in nation in fishing revenue and jobs
The data, released by NOAA Fisheries, measures the economic impact of commercial and recreational saltwater fishing activities and fishing-related industries across the nation.
According to the report, which covers the most recent data up to 2014, Florida is number one in the nation in jobs supported by the recreational saltwater fishing industry at 114,898.
Florida is also among the top in the nation when it comes to dollars and jobs generated by the commercial fishing industry. According to the report, Florida’s commercial seafood industry is third in the nation in numbers of jobs supported with 92,858 jobs in 2014.
Florida is also second in the nation when it comes to highest sales, income and value-added impacts from the commercial industry with 18.3 billion in sales impacts. The state is also number one in the nation when it comes to sales, income and value added dollars.
The recreational saltwater fishing industry contributed more than $7.9 billion to the state’s economy in 2014. Florida is also number one in number of trips taken by anglers at nearly 25 million.
Florida’s freshwater fisheries also supports another 14,000 jobs and has an additional $1.7 billion economic impact. ■