While most Oklahomans certainly enjoy
tuning in to a college football game or attending a high school
basketball game, Oklahomans have a clear preference when it comes to
participatory sports. When "Sports Illustrated" magazine asked their
readers their favorite sport to play, fishing came in number one
ahead of all others, including golf, baseball and swimming.
The survey is supported by an unrelated
report on fishing statistics published by the American Sportfishing
Association. The report, "Sportfishing in America Values of Our
Traditional Pastime," shows how fishing remains a popular activity
that not only provides a relaxing pastime but also creates a
significant economic impact.
Here in Oklahoma, fishing statistics
support the national trend. According to the report, more than 44
million Americans fish - 774,254 of which fished in Oklahoma.
The report shows that an impressive $484
million in retail sales were generated by Oklahomaís anglers, which
rippled through the economy to generate $992 million in economic
output for the state.
The Oklahoma fishing industry supports over
11,000 jobs and those workers earned $245 million in salaries and
Fishing-related purchases in Oklahoma
generated $27.5 million in state tax revenues and $25 million in
federal income tax.
Fishing also greatly supports our nationís
conservation efforts through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
Special federal taxes on fishing gear and motorboat fuels channel
hundreds of millions of anglersí dollars toward state fish and
wildlife conservation and recreation programs each year.
The American Sportfishing Associationís
analysis is based on data from the National Survey of Fishing,
Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, conducted every five
years on behalf of the International Association of Fish and
Wildlife Agencies. The survey data is collected by the Census Bureau
and complied by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The full report
is available online from the American Sportfishing Association at
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