State rec fishing figures released

REC fishing brings in around $3.5 billion to the NSW economy each year according to a new independent survey, NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson said.

Ms Hodgkinson said the University of Wollongong survey found fishermen spent more than $1.5 billion on fishing related expenses in NSW in 2012 including travel, fishing tackle and boat?related items. The survey, commissioned by the NSW Government and funded by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust, found:

  • employment benefits of 14,254 full-time jobs;
  • $877.3 million injected into household income; and interstate visitors contributed $186.1 million.

“The NSW Government is supportive of both the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, and this snapshot shows how valuable recreational fishing is to our communities,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“Anglers spent $502 million in the North Coast; $511 million in the Sydney region; $360 million in the South Coast; and $251 million in the inland region.

“Recreational fishing is a vibrant and important part of both coastal and inland communities, and it’s important we have a clear understanding of the benefits it provides to our regional areas.

“It is clear NSW has it all, from the Murray cod and our pristine trout rivers inland, to bream and flathead in our extensive estuary systems, and tuna and marlin offshore.
The outcome of this survey, which is funded by the Recreational Fishing Trust, highlights the benefits that flow from the recreational fishing community.

View the survey at

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