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Fishing’s Future

ASA renews commitment to get more Americans outdoors


The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) – the body that represents the recreational fishing industry – has underlined its commitment to get more people outside and on the water.

The renewed pledge comes as a report revealed that in 2021 the outdoor recreational industry generated $862 billion and led to the creation of 4.5 million jobs, which equals three per cent of all workers in the US. The total economic output value is 1.9 per cent of the nation’s total GDP.

Boating and fishing led the conventional outdoor recreational activities among current dollar value added at over $30 billion (2020: $27bn).

The ASA said that it recognises the important value outdoor recreation has across the US. “We are proud to be part of an industry which plays a critical role in growing our nation’s economy.

“The sector’s contribution to the US economy is greater than the amount contributed by other notable industries such as oil and gas extraction, mining, agriculture and computers and electronics.

“In 2020, due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, the outdoor recreation economy contributed just $689 billion in gross domestic output, equalling 1.8% of the US GDP. Prior to the pandemic it typically equalled 2.2% of GDP. We are getting close to closing the gap.

“The growth of our industry is also an indicator of how important it is for Americans to have access to clean waters and abundant fisheries. ASA will continue to work with Congress, federal agencies and at state level to ensure that outdoor participation continues to grow.

“The growth our industry saw in 2021 indicates that outdoor recreation remains a top priority for Americans in terms of time and dollars spent. Outdoor recreation will continue to have a huge impact on our nation even in the face of overall economic uncertainty. The ASA is committed to promoting participation in outdoor recreation and getting more Americans outside and on the water.”

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