Agency’s fisheries economics report more accurately reflects reality, to the dismay of some

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Brad Gentner, President, Gentner Consulting Group LLC

An editorial appeared in National Fisherman magazine recently entitled, “NOAA report reaches to compound the interest and rewards of sport fishing,” in which the author lamented NOAA’s annual fisheries economics report as “a paean to recreational fisheries.” National Fisherman is regarded as the publication for and about industrial fishing, and it took issue with the NOAA report for showing, at long last, that in 2016 recreational marine fisheries contributed $36 billion, in valued added, to the national economy each year while commercial fisheries landed $5.3 billion worth of product and contributed $46.7 billion in value added through the whole supply chain.

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