Just find your legislator in the House and Senate here
And tell them something like this:
Our state’s ranked #5 in the country for non-resident recreational fishing destinations, and these tourists spend $370 MILLION PER YEAR SOLEY ON SPORT FISHING when they come. How much more money goes to one of South Carolina’s most important industries, tourism, because of this?
Recreational anglers spend $1.5 BILLION a year directly on RECREATIONAL FISHING activities in South Carolina. How much of these impacts are primarily on our state’s small businesses?
Recreational fishing matters to more than just recreational anglers, and if it matters to you too, please help by co-sponsoring H. 4842 and S. 1386.
It’d be sad to have forgotten everyone who is truly affected by the estimated $1.5 billion expenditure per year shown by an American Sportfishing Association study. It’d be even sadder to allow our state’s heritage of recreational fishing and successful management of our public resources be eroded away as we take it for granted.
The pity would extend beyond recreational anglers to:
Boat and tackle manufacturers,
boat supply stores,
websites and magazines,
The pity would even be for our Department of Natural Resources and numerous private organizations that have constantly worked together to ensure conservation and enhancement of our fisheries.
Now, the time has come to also ensure conservation of our state’s outdoor recreation heritage and the small businesses that depend upon it. I have recognized this as I became a supporter of the Recreational Fishing Alliance and others who fight for this cause.