We've talked with you before about our Fisheries Program--we even featured it right here on Open Spaces in August. In case you don't remember, the program plays a vital role in conserving America’s fisheries. They also do a ton of partnership work, working with states, tribes, and others with the common goal of ensuring healthy fish and wildlife.
Today, a really important study (from 2004-2008) was released measuring the economic impact of the work done by the program and it's partners.
Given our challenging economic times, the report brings good news, suggesting something many of us have known all along. What is it?
Conservation = Commerce
What does THAT mean?
Here are the three BIG numbers from the report that you need to know:
- $3.6 billion - The amount the Fisheries Program contributes to the nation's economy
- 68,000 - The number of jobs fish conservation and habitat creates in a multitude of businesses
- $28 - The economic return for every $1 invested by taxpayers means a $28 dollar impact
And even though the national impact is impressive, the program also directly benefits local economies. Check out the condensed report to see what's going on in your region.