Sport fishing market
Sport fishing has a big market in the U.S. and Canada as well as Australia, where there are millions of professional or amateur anglers. There are around 45 million amateur anglers in almost 20 European countries. Especially for European countries along the Mediterranean, amateur fishing is not just a leisure activity but also an economic one, as around 25 million amateur anglers spend approximately 25 billion euros ($28.25 billion) each year.
A similar scene is seen in the U.S. Based on 2013 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are 65 million registered amateur anglers in the U.S. alone, and the contribution to the economy from sport fishing is around $220 billion. It creates $18 billion in basic revenue, more than $52 billion in sales, $30 billion in added value, $72 billion dollar in travel revenue and offers employment to 370,000 people. Sport fishing schools promote the field, where senior captain offer hands-on instruction and teach the skills and techniques necessary to catch bigger fish.
From a means of survival to a fun activity
Fishing has long been an activity seeking food or survival, but sport fishing is a modern trend with two main categories - saltwater and freshwater fishing. Sport fishing varies in the desired fish species, equipment, and location. Amateur anglers can practice their skills in ponds or rivers, while adventurous anglers can try offshore sport fishing. Ocean sport fishing or deep sea sport fishing can seek large game fish like shark and tuna. There is no doubt that going after sharks and tuna is different from trout and bass.
In 1653, British writer Izaak Walton published a book called "The Compleat Angler," one of the earliest works to describe fishing as a recreational pastime. With the invention of motorized boats, sport fishing evolved into big game fishing. Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, known as the first to catch a tuna with rod and reel and the inventor of big game fishing, published several articles and books on this subject. His works introduced scientific information and describe the excitement of the sport.
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