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