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The Susquehanna River is the lifeblood of local communities throughout central Pennsylvania. Residents rely on the river for drinking water, recreation, and economic opportunities. It’s no surprise …

The Susquehanna River is the lifeblood of local communities throughout central Pennsylvania. Residents rely on the river for drinking water, recreation, and economic opportunities. It’s no surprise that there has been an outpouring of concern in recent years as anglers and biologists have seen declines in fish populations, especially in young smallmouth bass. Join the discussion to understand what the fish and water quality are telling us about the Susquehanna and parallel concerns in the Shenandoah, Potomac and Juniata Rivers.

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  • 1. Presented by John StyglerOwner of Snagler Tackle Company/Guide for Life outdoors Unlimited
  • 2. Table 1. Estimates of economic activity and trip estimates on the Susquehanna Riverand Lower Juniata River (Shields 2010, Smucker et al. 2010).SpeciesTarget StrataAnglerTripsEstimatedEconomicContributionEstimatedEconomicImpactEconomicContributionStatisticadjusted bythe ConsumerPrice Index to2012 USDollarsAll FishSusquehanna and lowerJuniata Rivers 126,201 $3,352,974 $1,426,949 $3,700,170lower Juniata River 16,524 $500,595 $319,771 $552,430Susquehanna River 109,677 $2,852,955 $1,167,502 $3,148,374SmallmouthbassSusquehanna and lowerJuniata Rivers 66,871 $1,975,842 $864,161 $2,180,437
  • 3. StateDaysFishing byNonResidentPercent ofTotal DaysFished inState RankDaysFishing byResidentsin otherStatesPercent ofResidentDays inOther States RankTotalDaysFishing inStateFishingTotal Days ofFishing inState andOut of stateNetGain/LossNY 3,178 15% 4 1,389 5% 18 21,187 22,576 1,789PA 1,648 8% 16 5,031 21% 3 20,600 25,631 -3,383MD 1,775 17% 14 1,594 16% 16 10,441 12,035 181VA 1,163 8% 21 2,848 18% 5 14,538 17,386 -1,685WV 391 8% 45 1,030 18% 24 4,888 5,918 -639MN 6,726 25% 1 961 5% 26 26,904 27,865 5,765IA 138 2% 49 1,752 20% 13 6,900 8,652 -1,614WY 1,148 48% 23 145 10% 46 2,392 2,537 1,003IL 463 2% 39 6,751 25% 1 23,150 29,901 -6,288AK 2,146 40% 7 33 1% 50 5,365 5,398 2,113NV 204 47% 10 1,128 39% 22 434 1,562 -924Days of fishing numbers in thousandsRecreational Fishing Tourism, Robert Ditton, Stephen Holland, David Anderson, 2002
  • 4. • Small business to include:• Restaurants/Diners/Deli/Pizza• Convenience stores/grocery stores• Fuel stations• Tackle Shops• Motels/Hotels/Campgrounds• Other area attractions• Local and state tax base• Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  • 5. • Ken Penrod’s Life Outdoors Unlimitedprovided 92 guided days on the river fromMid March to May 1, 2013• Around 80% of the clients were from outof state• Using the Impact Guide, the localeconomy benefited nearly $72,000 fromthose out of state trips and another$12,000 from in state customers.
  • 6. • There are roughly 30 plus guideservices on the Susquehanna River.•Even if each guide service did 20trips, this is nearly a $543,000 ineconomic impact for 8 weeks ofbusiness.• If each guide service could do 75trips per year, this would be $2.0million per year in economic impact tothe river communities.
  • 7. • http://www.csu.edu/cerc/documents/RecreationalFishingasTourism.pdf• http://www.cbf.org/document.doc?id=591• http://www.rural.palegislature.us/hunting.pdf• http://fishandboat.com/chboat.htm
  • 8. John StyglerSnagler Tackle CompanyKen Penrod’s Life Outdoors UnlimitedSnaglertackle@aol.comwww.snaglertackle.comwww.penrodsguides.com