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Florida Number One for Saltwater Fishing Jobs, Revenue

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Friday that Florida is the top state in the nation in revenue and jobs supported by recreational saltwater fishing in the nation.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries data shows Florida as number one in the nation in jobs supported by the recreational saltwater fishing industry, with nearly 115,000 jobs supported by the industry. The NOAA report measures the economic impact of commercial and recreational saltwater fishing activities and fishing-related industries across the nation. 

“Our state’s world class boating and fishing also helped attract a record 105 million tourists in 2015, and we are on track for a sixth consecutive record year," said Scott. "As we go into the license-free freshwater fishing this weekend, I encourage all Florida residents and visitors to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy our great outdoors and see for themselves why Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World.”

“FWC is glad that Florida’s economy gets an important boost and many jobs are supported when Floridians and visitors enjoy a great fishing adventure," said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley.

According to a press release, Florida is also one of the national leaders for dollars and jobs generated by the commercial fishing industry. 

The NOAA report found Florida’s commercial seafood industry is third in the nation in numbers of jobs supported with nearly 93,000 jobs in 2014.

Florida is also second in the nation when it comes to highest sales, income and value-added impacts from the commercial industry with $18.3 billion in sales impacts. 

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