New NOAA Survey to Value Non-Commercial Fisheries in Hawai‘i

We know that fishing is important to you and is an important part of Hawai‘i’s culture. We also know that money spent on fishing is important to the Hawai‘i economy. You spend money every time you launch your boat, put a line in the water, or go out with your spear. Your fishing-related spending generates sales, income, and supports jobs here in Hawai‘i.

NOAA Fisheries is currently surveying Hawai‘i non-commercial fishermen to understand the costs of fishing for private boat, shore-based, and charter fishing trips. Additionally, we are interested to know how much you spent in the past year on things like fishing rods and reels, tackle, spear guns, and other fishing related purchases. Using this information we can show the economic value of non-commercial fishing in the State of Hawai‘i. This research will lead to a better understanding of how fishing’s economic impact may be affected by changes to the environment, regulations, and the broader economy.

NOAA Fisheries conducted the first national survey of non-commercial fishers in 2006 and again in 2011. These surveys collected information on fishing-related spending and were used to estimate their economic effects on the state and national economies. Many of you helped with these studies. For example, in 2006, U.S. anglers generated $82 billion in sales and $24 billion in personal income. Moreover, U.S. non-commercial fishers supported over 530,000 jobs across the country. For complete 2006 survey results, visit:

As you know, the costs of fishing have continued to rise over the years and this 2017 survey will help us update our estimates of fishing expenditures and the economic impacts to Hawai‘i’s economy. Some of you will be selected to complete the survey online and others will receive a survey in the mail with a return postage-paid envelope. You may be selected if you are a boat owner registered with the State of Hawai‘i Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation; if you registered with the NOAA Fisheries National Saltwater Angler Registry anytime from 2010 to 2017; or if you have participated in NOAA Fisheries surveys and provided contact information in the past.

If you get this survey in the mail please consider completing it to help us better understand the economic importance of non-commercial fishing in Hawaii.

All personal contact information and survey responses will remain strictly confidential, and all results published from the survey will be in summary form. No personal information will be used or reported.

If you fish in Hawai‘i and receive a survey, your response is important! Help us to better understand the importance of non-commercial fishing to the economy in Hawai‘i. The more surveys that are returned, the more accurate our results, and we will have a better understanding of the benefits of non-commercial fishing in Hawai‘i.

If you have any questions about this project or are interested to learn more about NOAA Fisheries’ work in Hawai‘i feel free to send an email to:

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