Hunting, Fishing Post Big Economic Impact Numbers



Did you know that migratory bird hunting in Louisiana supports 1.5 times as many jobs as there are New Orleans Police Department officers? According to a new economic impact study released by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, that’s nearly 2,000 jobs supported by migratory bird hunting in 2006 alone. 

Hunting, however, is only a small part of the overall economic picture. The report reveals that hunting, in concert with fishing, boating, wildlife watching and other outdoor activities, generated $4.61 billion during 2006, the most recent year for which data is available. When economic impact multipliers are applied to the figure, it jumps to $6.75 billion, which goes into the pockets of Louisiana private interests. The various sectors combined supported 76,700 jobs in 2006 and generated an estimated $446.2 million in state and local government tax revenues. That year, commercial fisheries produced retail sales of $1.8 billion while providing nearly 27,000 jobs. Wildlife-based commercial activities, such as alligator trapping, fur harvesting and reptile and amphibian collecting, generated $62 million in retail sales and supported nearly 800 jobs. Recreational activity also had a considerable economic impact on Louisiana’s economy. Hunting, recreational fishing, wildlife watching, feeding and photography combined to generate approximately $2 billion in retail sales, supporting over 37,000 jobs. Retail sales for recreational boating, accounting for more than $980 million in 2006, supported nearly 15,000 jobs. The study was completed by Southwick and Associates, a Florida-based firm with experience in the economic analysis of wildlife and fisheries activities around the country. This is the third year in a row that Southwick and Associates has prepared Louisiana’s annual report. Copies of the new report may be obtained by calling (225) 765-2864 or visiting

— Jeremy Alford

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