Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2016 Saltwater Fishing Statistics

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) recently released of its 2017 Special Report on Fishing.

The report includes statistics about participation, entry barriers, motivating factors, angler preferences, and other aspects of fishing.

USA Fishing Facts:

Overall, fishing participation increased in 2016, up by 1.8%, or by 1.5 million participants, since the previous year and reaching the highest participation rate since 2012.

Consistent with past years, freshwater fishing was the most popular form of fishing.

Saltwater fishing was the second most popular type of fishing, engaging 4.1% of the U.S. population, or 12.3 million people.

Saltwater fishing participation increased by 300,000 participants in 2016.

Fly fishing, the least popular of the fishing types, grew even more from 2015 to 2016, adding 400,000 additional participants.

The Special Report on Fishing is the product of a partnership between RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation. The full report is available in the RBFF Resource Center.

source: Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

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