Recreational Fishing Industry in Washington State:  An Economic Review Carl Burke, Director of Government  Affairs,  North...
National Hunting & Fishing  Economic Overview <ul><li>34 million anglers & hunters </li></ul><ul><li>$76 billion annually ...
National Hunting & Fishing  Economic Overview  (cont.) <ul><li>$208 million spent daily </li></ul><ul><li>$25 billion in f...
Washington State  Recreational Fishing Industry <ul><ul><li>Fish Northwest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Northwest Marine...
Northwest Sports Fishing  Industry Association <ul><li>350+ businesses </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing, wholesaler...
<ul><li>$3.7 billion annual revenue </li></ul><ul><li>$99 million state taxes annually </li></ul><ul><li>One of state’s la...
Mission <ul><li>Conservation & recovery of the state’s fisheries resources </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion of meaningful fishi...
Values <ul><li>Recognize the fishing rights of Native tribes </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the role commercial fisheries pla...
Decision Making Process <ul><li>Science Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 former directors of State fish and wildlife...
Decision Making Process  (Cont.) <ul><ul><li>Advise on all aspects of science, policy, politics, and demographics </li></u...
An Industry in Trouble <ul><li>2001- 901,000 recreational fishing licenses </li></ul><ul><li>2006- 700,000 recreational li...
Why Are We in Trouble?  <ul><li>Declining wild salmon & steelhead populations resulting in a loss of “meaningful opportuni...
How can the Legislature Help? <ul><li>Legislature looks at ways to increase recreational opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>...
How can the Legislature Help?  (cont.) <ul><li>Help with funding for hatchery reform initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>A Stud...
Legislative Involvement 2007 <ul><li>HB 1651 boating activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided monies for boat ramps </li>...
Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association  & Fish Northwest _____________________________
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Mr. Carl Burke

  1. 1. Recreational Fishing Industry in Washington State: An Economic Review Carl Burke, Director of Government Affairs, Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest
  2. 2. National Hunting & Fishing Economic Overview <ul><li>34 million anglers & hunters </li></ul><ul><li>$76 billion annually </li></ul><ul><li>Spending greater than Microsoft, Google, eBay and Yahoo. </li></ul><ul><li>1.6 million jobs. </li></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  3. 3. National Hunting & Fishing Economic Overview (cont.) <ul><li>$208 million spent daily </li></ul><ul><li>$25 billion in federal, and state taxes. </li></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  4. 4. Washington State Recreational Fishing Industry <ul><ul><li>Fish Northwest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Northwest Marine Trade Association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>71 boat builders statewide </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>800+ support businesses </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  5. 5. Northwest Sports Fishing Industry Association <ul><li>350+ businesses </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturing, wholesalers, retailers, hotels, marinas, sports clubs and associations. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1200+ businesses in the marine and tackle industry combined. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>15,000+ statewide employees </li></ul></ul></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  6. 6. <ul><li>$3.7 billion annual revenue </li></ul><ul><li>$99 million state taxes annually </li></ul><ul><li>One of state’s larger businesses </li></ul><ul><li>No single corporate identity/logo </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. Weyerhaeuser, Boeing, Microsoft </li></ul></ul></ul>Economic Contributions Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  7. 7. Mission <ul><li>Conservation & recovery of the state’s fisheries resources </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion of meaningful fishing opportunities & participation when scientifically justified </li></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  8. 8. Values <ul><li>Recognize the fishing rights of Native tribes </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the role commercial fisheries play in providing fish to the public </li></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  9. 9. Decision Making Process <ul><li>Science Advisory Board </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 former directors of State fish and wildlife agencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 retired scientists from federal regulatory agencies </li></ul></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  10. 10. Decision Making Process (Cont.) <ul><ul><li>Advise on all aspects of science, policy, politics, and demographics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All non-paid volunteers </li></ul></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  11. 11. An Industry in Trouble <ul><li>2001- 901,000 recreational fishing licenses </li></ul><ul><li>2006- 700,000 recreational licenses </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus of angling & tourist dollars to Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska </li></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  12. 12. Why Are We in Trouble? <ul><li>Declining wild salmon & steelhead populations resulting in a loss of “meaningful opportunity” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ The opportunity to fish in a predictable place and time with a reasonable expectation of catching a fish.” </li></ul></ul></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  13. 13. How can the Legislature Help? <ul><li>Legislature looks at ways to increase recreational opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmark what the 19 other coastal states doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Support expansion of selective fishing statewide. </li></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  14. 14. How can the Legislature Help? (cont.) <ul><li>Help with funding for hatchery reform initiatives. </li></ul><ul><li>A Study regarding economic values and returns of various fishery options. </li></ul><ul><li>Statues governing fisheries policies are 60 years old. </li></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  15. 15. Legislative Involvement 2007 <ul><li>HB 1651 boating activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provided monies for boat ramps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased marine law enforcement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Derelict vessels & ghost net removal </li></ul><ul><li>Governor’s Puget Sound Initiative </li></ul>Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
  16. 16. Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association & Fish Northwest _____________________________
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