NOAA Report on Economic Benefits of Recreational Offshore Fishing

In 2011, as part of the National Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey, the Office of Science and Technology at NOAA Fisheries surveyed recreational anglers about their expenditures associated with fishing for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) from Maine to North Carolina.

This new report found that Atlantic HMS Angling Permit holders were estimated to have spent $23.2 million on HMS trip expenditures (e.g., fuel, ice, bait, food), and $151 million on durable goods (e.g., boats, vehicles, rods and reels).

These expenditures are estimated to have contributed $266 million in total economic output to the economy of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, $153 million in value added outputs, $96 million in labor income, and 1,824 jobs from Maine to North Carolina.

The Economic Contribution of Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit Holders in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, 2011 Report is available online at :

source: NOAA Fisheries