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Fishing industry is big business

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Apr 30, 2013 at 6:11 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) New federal data confirms that anglers who enjoy Minnesota's sky blue waters are still a powerful engine for the state's economy.

Data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show that direct spending by resident and nonresident anglers in Minnesota totaled $2.4 billion in 2011. That's latest year for which information is available. That amount includes $1.4 billion on equipment and $925 million on trip-related spending.

The agency also says angler spending supports about 35,000 Minnesota jobs. However, the federal study also found that angler spending declined by $315 million since the last survey, in 2006. The average amount spent per individual angler dropped by about $300.

The Department of Natural Resources notes that only three states recorded higher spending on sport fishing than Minnesota: Florida, New York and Michigan. 

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