Reliable Web Sources for Fisheries Management
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar refers to fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities as “an economic engine for our country”.
Salazar states the importance of investing in the restoration of fish and wild habitat as a way of creating jobs for the American people. Recently, efforts to boost the fisheries industry have been made with extremely satisfying results, producing a direct positive impact on the country’s economy.
According to a recent report, the fisheries program of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with state agencies and conservation organizations, contribute $3.6 billion to the United States economy and provides 68,000 jobs all over the country. The Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Program self declared mission statement is “working with partners to restore and maintain fish and other aquatic resources at self-sustaining levels and to support Federal mitigation programs for the benefit of the American public”.
Detailed information and resourceful links and articles can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/fisheries/index.html
The report represents the first time that economists have analyzed the economic impact of the country’s fisheries conservation programs. Many enterprises, such as sporting goods stores, marines, guides and outfitter services, bait shops, boat dealerships, hotels, gas stations, cafes, etc. reflect these large economic contributions.
Titled “Conserving America's Fisheries, An Assessment of Economic
Contributions from Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation”, the report highlights the fact that each dollar put into this program generates a 28% return on investment. That is an outstandingly satisfying rate of return according to Bryan Arroyo, Assistant Director for Fisheries and Habitat Conservation in Washington, DC. “A company with $3.6 billion in annual profits would rank No. 41 on the Fortune 500 List of America’s Most Profitable Corporations”, further emphasizes Arroyo. Details of this report can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/fisheries/news_releases/pdf_files/USFWS_Economic_Report_11-2%20b.pdf
Another great source of information on efforts made to improve the fisheries profession is the AFS website. The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, conserving resources and advancing fisheries science.
It was founded in 1870 and its members have received numerous awards for efforts dedicated to preserving aquatic resources and improving the fisheries industry.
Their website, located at: http://www.fisheries.org/afs/
offers detailed information on how to become a member as well as useful links, articles and resources to those interested.
Other notable sources include: http://www.USA.gov, the U.S. government’s official web portal, where information on most recent plans and measures dedicated to fisheries as well as wildlife restoration is updated frequently and detailed questions are competently answered.
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