At the state level, the BEA report cited boating/fishing as the largest conventional activity in 29 states and the District of Columbia, led by Florida ($2.7 billion) and California ($1.8 billion). Adding to the report, BEA statistics show the top 5 states
where outdoor recreation (as a whole) accounted for the largest percentage of total U.S. GDP are California, Florida, Illinois, Texas and New York.
“Clearly it’s time to give outdoor recreation, and in particular, recreational boating and fishing, its due,” said Boat Owners Association of The United States
(BoatUS) Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. “This is no longer just about having fun outdoors. Having this data gives legislative bodies across the country the information and standing to ensure our interests are protected and nourished.”
Added Kennedy, “The next time a community needs money to repair or maintain a boat launch ramp, a new marina is proposed, or onerous legislation that could negatively affect boaters and anglers is being debated, the BEA report shows that supporting boating and fishing interests, as well as other outdoor activities, pays real dividends in local economies.”
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