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British Columbia's recreational fishery is worth as much to the provincial economy as commercial fishing, aquaculture and fish processing combined, according to a new report from BC Stats.
The report, the first major economic review of the sector since 2007, estimates overall B.C. fisheries and aquaculture sector revenue at $2.2 billion for 2011 including a $936-million contribution from recreational angling.
That boils down to a $325-million contribution to gross domestic product from the recreational sub-sector -- not including spending on angling gear, boats and other vehicles -- compared with $340 million in combined GDP from the commercial, aquaculture and fish-processing sub-sectors including commercial boats and gear.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Sport+angling+runaway+leader+fishing+aquaculture+sector/7952323/story.html#ixzz2LdpUAtqG