Trendy sports like roller blading and wind surfing have come and gone, but wildlife-related recreation still remains among the most consistently popular activities in the country, with more than 80 million Americans participating, according to a recent report. In addition, more than $110 billion was spent on fishing, hunting and wildlife watching in 2001, about 1.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product, according to a study released by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
“Fishing, hunting and wildlife watching are an indelible part of the American way of life,” said Barnett Lawley, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “More than that, here in
Other highlights from the survey regarding hunting and angling include:
· Retail sales in
· A total of 36,338 jobs were a direct result of hunting and angling in the state, producing salaries and wages of $777 million.
· On a national level, more than 31 percent of the
“The enjoyment of wildlife is such an integral part of our daily life,” said Corky Pugh, Director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Section. “Natural resource conservation and recreation programs contribute significantly to our quality of life, our socio-economic stability, and to our nation’s health and well-being. Without question, the conservation of our natural resources provides a strong foundation for the economy for both this and future generations.”
These latest survey results highlight the importance of state conservation efforts for the
Details of the state survey can be found at www.IAFWA.org. Results of the national report can be found at http://federalaid.fws.gov/surveys/surveys.html. The results are based on data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Census and developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division is a proud member of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which was founded in 1902 as an organization of public agencies charged with the protection and management of
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