Fishing for a Better Economy!

Posted on by Dan Longman

Insurance for Charter and Guide Operators“I want to do that!” is the cry we hear from people who see Dan Hernandez on television. These folks are doing more than adding sportfishing to their bucket lists, they are heading to the internet in droves to book charter boats for their family vacations.

I recently read an article about the economic impact of fishing in Sport Fishing Magazine. I was struck by the magnitude of the numbers and the immense buying power of anglers:

  • One million jobs are supported by sportfishing, mostly in the travel service industries and in the production of gear and boats – That the number of Americans employed by the United Parcel Service, times three.
  • Sportfishing pumps $125 billion into the economy annually – Apple Inc. reported a mere $108 billion in its last fiscal year.
  • Some key statistics (reprinted with permission from Southwick Associates):

Just how important to the US economy is the Sport Fishing Industry? Consider the following economic-impact figures from several U.S. industries, according to Southwick.

  • $ 125 billion—Sport Fishing
  • $ 121 billion – Universities, colleges, tech schools
  • $  81 billion – Motion Pictures and video
  • $  67 billion Railroads

As you might expect, Florida ranks as the most significant state in terms of economic impact derived from recreational sport fishing.  Florida recreational sport fishing generates $ 5.7 billion in economic  activity, $ 3.3 billion of which is attributed to retail sales alone (or 12 times more than the value of Florida’s citrus crop).

The best news of all is that the sportfishing industry continues to grow as Americans embrace the beauty of what we have right here in our own country. We are immeasurably fortunate to have and enjoy so many pristine national parks and over twelve thousand miles of coastline. As Americans simplify their vacations and travel closer to home, they are rewarded with fresh air and the fishing experience of a lifetime. And, of course, there is the tremendous reward of a big fish story to take to their next barbecue. You’ve seen that guy on Facebook with the photo of a fish 4 feet long…

Parents are discovering that sportfishing offers a unique vacation experience that brings families a lot closer together than other vacation options. It is impossible for dad to land a nine-pound steelhead on Michigan’s Muskegon River while simultaneously texting on his Android. As a result, families live in the moment and connect with one another. This is where families make memories; they then become hooked (please pardon the pun!) and come back the next year for more.

Charter boats are much more cost effective than renting or owning your own boat – seriously, would you really use your own boat enough to make it cost effective? And what about maintenance? Patrons appreciate the worry free experience charter boats provide. There is the glorious boat ride through magnificent waters that even a client’s sixteen-year-old daughter will enjoy, even if she can’t turn the Lady Gaga off on her iPod. Boat captains are all teachers, so patrons know they will learn anything they need to hook and reel a thirty-pound dolphinfish (and they will learn that we are indeed talking about a fish, not Flipper).

The wind is in our sails now, and sportfishing is quickly becoming America’s pastime!

 


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