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Florida's Fishing Tourism Nets $5 Billion

Aug 27, 2013
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Florida’s fishing industry is one of the largest in the country and that includes fishing tourism. A new study shows the tourism has an almost $5 billion economic impact in the state.

Florida TaxWatch, a non-partisan research firm in Tallahassee, released a study that said Florida’s fishing tourism nets $36 million in fishing licenses alone. Additionally, fishing tourism supports more than 80,000 jobs across the state’s service and hospitality industries. TaxWatch Chief Economist Jerry Parrish says when tourists come to fish in Florida, they come ready to spend some clams.