In advance of National Hunting and Fishing Day on September 28, 2013, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is proud to join with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in highlighting results from the 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.
According to the survey report, 1.7 million people participated in wildlife-related recreation in the state of Alabama in 2011, generating $2.7 billion for the state’s economy. The Alabama state report measures public participation in hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and other wildlife-dependent recreation, as well as how much money is spent pursuing these activities. It is now available online at: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/alabama/economicimpact-al.html
The survey, conducted every five years by the USFWS and the U.S. Census Bureau, has become one of the most important sources of information on fish and wildlife recreation in the United States. Federal, state, and private organizations use the information in managing wildlife and wildlife-related recreation programs, and in forecasting trends in participation and economic impacts.
Highlighted in the state report is the following:
- $2.7 billion total spent on wildlife-related recreation in Alabama.
- $456 million spent in Alabama from fishing-related activities.
- $913 million spent in Alabama on hunting-related activities.
- $734 millionspent in Alabama on wildlife-watching activities.
Nationally, here are some highlights:
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com