NOAA report: saltwater angling a sign of coastal vitality

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Saltwater recreational fishing continued to provide economic benefits to America’s coastal communities in 2008, bringing fishermen to the shore to reel in fish, book spots on charter- and party boats, buy bait and tackle, stay in local inns and eat at local restaurants, according to a report issued this week by NOAA’s Fisheries Service.

Saltwater recreational anglers took an estimated 85 million fishing trips in 2008, down slightly from the 93 million trips estimated in 2007. Saltwater anglers caught an estimated 464 million fish in 2008, down slightly from the 475 million caught in 2007. That the decreases were moderate reflects stability in saltwater angling.