2011 National Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey Underway

Throughout 2011, NOAA Fisheries has been engaged in a national survey to gather information on expenditures by marine recreational fishermen. This is an update of a similar survey in 2006. The 5-year update will improve the baseline data used to estimate regional economic contributions of marine recreational fishers to coastal states and the nation as a whole. PIFSC economist Justin Hospital has served as the regional agency contact for coordinating administration of the 2011 National Expenditure Survey in Hawaii.

The 2006 survey found that U.S. angler expenditures generated $82 billion in sales, accounted for $24 billion in personal income, and supported more than 530,000 jobs across the country. In Hawaii, recreational angling in 2006 was the source of $772 million in sales, $380 million in personal income, and approximately 7023 jobs.

The research is being conducted in collaboration with numerous stakeholders including the State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office, NOAA Office of Science and Technology, Pacific Islands Fisheries Group, and countless members of the Hawaii fishing community. Hospital and his collaborators encourage all recreational fishermen in Hawaii to participate in the survey whether they fish from a boat or from shore. The survey also covers patrons of charter fishing vessels to detail how their expenditures contribute to the local economy.