Economic Contributions

FWC Economic Contributions

When a family goes fishing or hunting, buys binoculars to view wildlife, visits a nature preserve, goes boating or visits a seafood restaurant in Florida, it is contributing to the economic prosperity of the state and to jobs. Results from various studies, summarized on this page, show in human terms the value of protecting and managing wildlife.

Economic Impacts of Hunting, Freshwater Fishing, Saltwater Fishing and Wildlife Viewing

Category Economic Impact Jobs
Hunting* $1.6 billion 14,673
Recreational Freshwater Fishing* $1.7 billion 14,040
Recreational Saltwater Fishing** $7.6 billion 109,341
Wildlife Viewing* $4.9 billion 44,623

* Source: Southwick Associates 2012 report, using USFWS 5-year survey, 2011 
** Source: National Marine Fisheries Service, 2014 report, using 2012 NOAA data

Economic Impacts of Boating Industry

Category Economic Impact Jobs
Boating Industry $10.4 billion 82,752

Source: National Marine Manufacturers Association, 2012 study, adjusted in 2013 (uses 2008 data)

Economic Impacts of Seafood Industry

Category Economic Impact Jobs
Commercial Harvest $396 million 6,028
Processors $774 million 4,819
Importers $12.1 billion 44,018
Wholesale & Distribution $1.2 billion 10,403
Retail $2.1 billion 16,873
Total $16.6 billion 82,141

 Source: National Marine Fisheries Service, 2014 report, using 2012 NOAA data



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