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Florida Leads South Atlantic States in Economic Impacts from the 2018 Recreational Red Snapper Season

Florida’s 2018 recreational red snapper season was the most robust of the South Atlantic states according to the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) newest report, Economic Contribution of the 2018 Recreational Red Snapper Season in the South Atlantic. The report, conducted by Southwick Associates, examined the season’s financial contributions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and measured five types of economic activity including jobs, salaries and wages, GDP, total output and tax revenue.


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The report showed the success of the six-day August red snapper season for the Sunshine State’s east coast:

  • 171 Florida jobs (185 total)
  • $8.5 million in Florida salaries and wages ($9.1 million total)
  • $12.6 million in Florida GDP ($13.6 million total)
  • $17.6 million in Florida output ($18.9 million total)
  • $3.8 million in Florida tax revenue ($4.1 million total)

The study used participation and spending data provided by both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the states. Economic contribution estimates used NOAA-based economic models.

“This economic study of the 2018 South Atlantic recreational red snapper season proves what Florida’s more than four million anglers already know; Florida’s angling and boating industry is a huge economic driver for our state,” said Kellie Ralston, ASA’s Southeast Fisheries Policy Director. “In only six days last August, this season added $8.5 million in salaries and wages, $12.6 million in GDP, $3.8 million in tax revenue, and most importantly, provided 171 jobs to Floridians.”

“ASA and the sportfishing industry have appreciated the recent, limited seasons for red snapper but recognize that much remains to be done to improve management of this stock,” Ralston continued. “It is critical that we pursue opportunities to extend the recreational South Atlantic red snapper season that expand access to this species for anglers without sacrificing conservation gains. We will continue to work closely with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to accomplish that goal through collaborative efforts like our recent recreational workshops on innovative management options for the snapper grouper fishery.

Earlier this month, NOAA Fisheries announced the limited opening of commercial and recreational red snapper seasons for 2019 in South Atlantic federal waters. The 2019 recreational season will be open for five days, beginning Fri., July 12 and closing Sun., July 14, 2019. Waters will again open on Fri., July 19 and Sat., July 20, 2019.

For a copy of the full report click here, or for more information on the 2019 red snapper seasons click here.

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