Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey

The Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditures Survey estimates the amount of money spent by anglers on saltwater fishing trips and fishing-related equipment. Information collected will provide a better understanding of economic impacts and contribute to more informed decisions.

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Part 2 of the Survey begins in 2019.

Why We Conduct the Survey

Timely economic data, important to both NOAA Fisheries and the saltwater angling community, is needed to:

  1. Evaluate the economic importance of the recreational fishing industry.
  2. Evaluate the economic effects of fishing regulations, as well as changes in the ecosystem caused by natural or man-made events.

The survey is designed to estimate the amount of money spent by anglers on saltwater fishing trips and fishing-related equipment. Information collected will provide a better understanding of the economic impacts generated from saltwater recreational fishing across the U.S. and contribute to more informed decisions on recreational fishing issues.

Survey Logistics

The survey is updated every 3 to 5 years. Surveys were conducted in 2006 and 2011 for both trip and durable expenditures. In 2014, we conducted the survey focusing on durable expenditures. Surveys are conducted in person at fishing intercept sites, by mail, or online or a combination of these methods. The survey is conducted in two parts.

Part 1: Trip Expenditures, 2016-2017

In 2016 and 2017, the survey asked about trip-related expenditures. Anglers were asked about their expenses on their most recent fishing trip, such as gas, boat fuel, bait, charter fees, food and lodging. Anglers in states along the Gulf of Mexico, the West Coast, and Alaska were surveyed in 2016. Anglers in states along the Atlantic Coast were surveyed in 2017.

Part 2: Durable Goods Expenditures, 2019

In 2019, we are conducting a survey of saltwater anglers across the nation. We randomly selected anglers in coastal states with saltwater fishing licenses. Selected anglers will be invited to participate by an email or mail invitation to an online survey with questions about their expenditures on durable goods used for saltwater fishing (such as fishing rods, boats, and vehicles) for the previous 12 months.

Last updated by Office of Science and Technology on August 16, 2019