NOAA report details economic benefits of fishing in California sanctuaries

Publish date:
Social count:

NOAA said in a new report that anglers spent about $156 million on saltwater recreational fishing in California's four national marine sanctuaries, on average, generating more than $200 million in annual economic output and supporting nearly 1,400 jobs.

The peer-reviewed report cited data ranging from 2010 to 2012, the most recent years for which data were available from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

NOAA said the findings highlight the positive effects and economic value of recreational fishing in the four California sanctuaries — Channel Islands, Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank and Monterey Bay — which are managed to ensure their health.

About 13.4 percent of all saltwater recreational fishing in California from 2010 to 2012 took place in national marine sanctuaries, the report said. During the study period, the Greater Farallones sanctuary was called the Gulf of the Farallones; it was renamed earlier this month.

"This report underscores the value of national marine sanctuaries as focal points for recreation and local economic development," Bob Leeworthy, chief economist for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, said in a statement. "It also highlights the important role sanctuaries play in protecting the health and integrity of critical marine ecosystems, including places cherished by recreational saltwater anglers."


Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

Volvo Penta announces contest

Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.

New Jersey saltwater fishing show opens today

The Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo opens today, nearly doubling its footprint as it moves from the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., to the larger, more centrally-located New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J.