This page introduces you to Conservation Core Concept 10. There are 12 Core Concepts. 

Core Concepts are fundamental ideas in fish and wildlife conservation that clearly state what every citizen should know about:

  1.    Conservation of Florida’s fish and wildlife
  2.    Managing Florida’s fish and wildlife resources
  3.    Role of fish and wildlife agencies in conservation
  4.    Role of citizens in fish and wildlife conservation

Incorporating the Core Concepts into FWC’s education and outreach programs focuses and strengthens these efforts in Florida.

10. Fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, boating and other nature-based activities provide people with millions of days of outdoor recreation and generate more than 15 billion dollars for Florida’s economy each year(2011-12 Programs of the FWC).

Key Message: Florida’s year-round fish and wildlife recreational opportunities provide communities with economic benefits as well as contributing to human quality of life and improved conservation of natural areas.

Why this is important:  As Florida’s population increases, it becomes critical to protect our remaining natural areas. Development of fish and wildlife recreation and tourism opportunities increase employment and provide socio-economic growth within local communities while protecting Florida’s unique natural areas. Research shows that participation in these activities leads to happier, healthier and smarter children External Website and adults. Local populations and nature-based tourists benefit from access to Florida’s wild areas, and local communities benefit from revenues generated by nature-based recreation and tourism.

Fish and wildlife activities contribute more than $36 billion and 408,860 jobs to Florida's economy. Read more

 

Category

Economic Impact

Jobs

Hunting

$780,058,076

10,675

Freshwater Fishing

$2,630,617,741

24,802

Saltwater Fishing

$5,691,949,544

54,516

Wildlife Viewing

$5,784,257,906

51,380

Total

$14,886,883,267

141,373

 

Category

Economic Impact

Jobs

Boating Industry(2008 figures)

$16,800,000,000

202,743

Sources:U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American Sportfishing Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Southwick and Associates, Marine Industries Association of Florida and NOAA Fisheries.

 

Category

Jobs

Sales

Income

Value-added

Seafood Commercial Harvesters

4,755

$312,239,000

$97,964,000

$130,331,000

Seafood Processors & Dealers

3,781

$606,528,000

$117,381,000

$230,761,000

Importers

34,493

$9,488,366,000

$1,520,692,000

$2,892,469,000

Seafood Wholesalers & Distributors

8,243

$949,957,000

$372,950,000

$463,999,000

Retail

13,452

$1,631,289,000

$317,424,000

$623,649,000

Total**

64,744

 $12,988,379,000

 $2,426,410,000

 $4,341,208,000

**Economic impacts of the commercial fishing sector and seafood industry refer to employment (full-time and part-time jobs), personal income and output (sales by Florida businesses) generated by the commercial harvest sector and other major components of the U.S. seafood industry, including processors and dealers, wholesalers and distributors, grocers and restaurants.

Source: NOAA Fisheries: Office of Science and Technology, Fisheries Economics of the U.S. (2009).

 

 

 



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