Why Fishing Matters

Why Fishing Matters

  • One in every six Americans 16 and older goes fishing. Twenty-five percent of all men and eight percent of all women fish.
  • Fishing is an important economic engine for our Nation’s economy. Nearly 40 million anglers generate over $45 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation’s economy creating employment for over one million people.
  • Fishing is big business in Texas too. Our state ranks 2nd in the nation in total economic output from fishing. Texas has more freshwater anglers than any other state (1.8 million). These anglers generate $2.3 billion in retail sales that support more than 51 thousand jobs in Texas.
  • Fishing is economically important to local communities all across our state. Fishing activity fuels local businesses and generates tax revenues that are important to schools, local communities, and the State. For example, anglers at Lake Sam Rayburn (Southeast TX), Lake Fork (Northeast TX), and Lake Amistad (West TX) generate 32, 27, and 14.6 million dollars in direct expenditures each year, respectively. The maintenance of quality fishing experiences in these, and other waters, is critical to support local business and communities across our state.
  • Good fishing and the business it supports did not happen by accident. They are a direct result of sciencebased fisheries management strategies and products produced by the staff of the Inland Fisheries Division of TPWD.
  • Texas has arguably the best freshwater fishing in the nation. Texas freshwater anglers spend over 27 million days fishing each year, more than any other state. Texan’s have come to expect quality fishing, so proper management of these resources is essential to meet those expectations and preserve the proud fishing heritage we have in our state.
  • Texas anglers invest millions of dollars every year in fisheries conservation and management, substantially more than any other group. Most of this comes from fishing license sales and federal excise taxes, paid by anglers, which is a primary source of revenue for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Maintenance of quality fishing experiences and recruitment of new anglers will ensure continuance of a highly successful user-pay, user-benefit funding strategy and minimize our dependence on general revenue.
  • Good fishing and the business it supports depends on well-managed, clean water supplies and good fish habitat. Texas has over 1000 public reservoirs (1.7 million surface acres) and 191,000 miles of rivers and streams, more than any other state. Increasing water demands and the destruction of fish habitats threaten our proud fishing heritage and the economic powerhouse that is tied directly to fishing. Good fishing is good business.
  • Fishing has been recognized as a key gateway activity to the outdoors. Kids who get involved in the outdoors are happier, healthier and do better in school. Outdoor lifestyles also strengthen families.
  • Inland Fisheries is working in all major population centers to connect some 18 million people to the outdoors, through fishing. We partner with local city governments and private industry to accomplish this goal. Our fishing programs add value to communities and improve the quality of life for millions of people. We make Texas a better place to live and to raise a healthy family. Fishing activities also generates significant spending and tax revenues, which improves this state’s economy.
  • The Inland Fisheries Division is the State’s front line defense against the invasion of aquatic invasive species. Early detection of these problems by our staff saves the State millions of dollars in control costs.

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