Lobster, Scallops Boost Banner Year for US Fishing

(CN) – Rebounding from a drop in revenue the previous year, fisheries across the U.S. generated $212 billion in 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

Marking the 11th annual study on fishery economics from the NOAA, the Thursday report says 2016 credits commercial and recreational saltwater fishing with contributing $100 billion to the country’s gross domestic product.

“These critical industries supported 1.7 million jobs in communities across the country,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

Nationally, 9.8 million saltwater anglers took recreational fishing trips in 2016 — a 9 percent increase in anglers from 2015 — according to the report.

The NOAA said saltwater recreational fishing supported 472,000 jobs, generated $68 billion in sales impacts across the economy, and contributed $39 billion to the GDP — all metrics that increased 7 percent from 2015 measurements.

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