Your Tax Dollars at Work
Angler on boat Credit: USFWS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fisheries Program and its accomplishments continue to generate economic benefits for the American people. For over 140 years, the Service has led the way in the management of our Nation’s fishery resources. The Fisheries Program is a critical partner with States, Tribes, other Federal agencies, other Service programs, private organizations, public institutions, and interested citizens in an effort to conserve fish and aquatic resources. Supported by its science capabilities, the Fisheries Program has achieved substantial economic contributions that benefit all segments of American society.
- The Fisheries Program is associated with over $3.5 billion in annual output and nearly 68,000 jobs. This is a remarkable impact for a program that spent only $126.5 million in 2008 ($128 million in constant 2010 dollars).
- Retail sales associated with recreational angling for National Fish Hatchery stocking is estimated to be over $553 million. These expenditures generated $903 million in industrial output.
- Over 8,000 jobs are associated with this economic activity with wage and salary income of over $256 million. Federal tax revenue is estimated at $37 million, and state and local tax revenue is estimated at $35 million.
Follow this link for more information on The Economic Value of Fisheries Conservation.