The Economic Impacts of Saltwater Fishing in Florida
From an economic perspective, Florida also leads all states in economic impacts for its marine recreational fisheries and has one of the top producing commercial fisheries in the country. Below are several statistics about Florida's recreational and commercial fishing industries and their economic role.
Saltwater Recreational Fishing
- #1 in nation in saltwater anglers (2.4 million) – 2011 USFWS Survey, as compiled by Southwick Associates
- 1,779,030 recreational saltwater licenses sold (resident and nonresident and includes permits but not Gulf Reef Fish Angler) in fiscal year 16/17
- $30,821,876 in revenue generated in FY 16/17
- Saltwater recreational fishing- $8.0 billion
- Supports: 114,898 jobs
(Source: National Marine Fisheries Service, 2017 report, using 2014 NOAA data)
Florida #1 in number of International Game Fish records
- Total Florida Records (including retired records): 4,557
- Total Current Records (international): 6,935
- Current Records from USA: 2,932
- Current Records from Florida: 979
Top Countries(current records)
- USA – 2,932
- Australia – 519
- Japan – 391
Top States(current records)
- Florida – 979
- California – 323
- Alaska – 320
Saltwater Commercial Fishing
- 10,914 Saltwater Products Licenses sold, generating revenue for the state totaling $946,185 – 2016/17 Fiscal Year (SPL only, does not include RS or MS)
- 9,382 individual commercial SPL accounts 16/17 FY
- 1,691 wholesale dealers (1 license per person) and there were 6,075 retail dealer licenses sold generating $1,206,720 in revenue. – 2016/17 FY
- Florida 12th state in commercial landings with over 97 million pounds - NOAA Fisheries of the United States 2016 report
- Florida's commercial fisheries generate $17.7 billion of sales, $3.3 billion of income, and $5.9 billion of value added and support 92,858 jobs, including imports. Without imports, they generate $1 billion of sales, $262 million of income, and $400 million of value added. - Department of Commerce's Fisheries Economics of the United States 2015
The top 4 species in dockside value harvested during 2016 in Florida were:
- Spiny lobster ($54 M)
- red grouper ($53 M)
- Shrimp (45.9 M)
- stone crab (30.4 M)
- 374,794 commercial fishing trips caught approximately 85.3 million (M) pounds of fish, crab, clams (wild harvest only, excludes aquaculture), lobster, shrimp, and other invertebrates worth over $231 M in dockside value.
- Marine life landings (live fish and invertebrates for aquaria and other uses) from 21,122 commercial collecting trips in 2016 amounted to 16.1 M individual specimens worth nearly $2.8 M in dockside value.
- Americans consumed 4.7 billion pounds of seafood in 2016, less than the 4.9 billion pounds the previous year.
- The average American ate 14.9 pounds of fish and shellfish in 2016, a decrease from the 2015 figure of 15.5 pounds.
- U.S. consumers spent an estimated $8.76 billion for fishery products in 2016.
- U.S. is the second largest consumer of seafood in the world after China and before Japan.
Updated February 2018