In 2011 recreational anglers landed more than 204.9 million pounds of saltwater fish. In pursuit of these fish, saltwater anglers spent $26.8 billion on fishing tackle and equipment and trip-related goods and services. Including multiplier effects, their spending generated $70.3 billion in economic output (sales), created $32.5 billion in value-added growth and supported 454,542 jobs with $20.5 billion in income.
Commercial fishermen in the U.S. landed 9.9 billion pounds of fin- and shellfish in 2011 valued at $5.3 billion. Finfish represented 86 percent of the total commercial landings by weight and 49 percent of the total value, at 8.5 billion pounds and $2.6 billion respectively.
Check out the Comparing NOAA’s Recreational and Commercial Fishing, Economic Data Report below for a more detailed understanding.