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#06-248 September 18, 2006

Youth fishing survey finds angling gains popularity

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources recently received results of a survey of youth participation in and attitudes toward fishing and aquatic resources in South Carolina. The survey found a significant increase in overall fishing participation since 2001, and that fathers are the most common person toFather, son fishing introduce youth to fishing.

Responsive Management, a natural resources survey research firm in Harrisonburg, Va., developed the telephone survey questionnaire cooperatively with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), partly based on and compared with a previous survey conducted in 2001. The S.C. Natural Resources Board, the policy-making body of DNR, will release the entire survey results to the public after full review. The study entailed a telephone survey of randomly sampled South Carolina youth, ages 8 to 18 in May through June 2006.

Some results of the survey include:

Anglers in South Carolina spend almost $742 million to fish each year, making the sport, with economic multipliers factored in, a billion dollar business in the Palmetto State. Check the DNR page http://www.dnr.sc.gov/licensing.html for information on fishing regulations, licenses and more.

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