NOAA releases annual saltwater fishing report

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U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales and supported 1.7 million jobs in the nation’s economy in 2011, according to a new report released by NOAA’s Fisheries Service.

The report is published annually on a two-year lag to allow data collection, analysis and peer review. It provides economic statistics on U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries and marine-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation.

“Commercial and recreational fishing are integral parts of the nation’s social and economic fabric,” Sam Rauch, deputy assistant NOAA administrator for the Fisheries Service, said in a statement. “While there’s still work to do, to see landings and value climb in 2011 shows we’re moving in the right direction, even in this time of challenging transition for many fishing communities.”

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