A study conducted by Rutgers University estimates that in 1973 the New Jersey sportsman contributed over $100 million to the coastal fishing industry in the state. The study was designed to estimate the number of persons who engaged in various kinds
of fishing in 1973 by surveying a statewide sample of adults. The study found that over 16% of the sample had done some kind of salt water fishing in the past year. By projecting this 16% to the total adult population in the state, the study estimates that at least 875,000 Jerseyans did some salt water fishing in 1973. A recent study by the U.S. Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife estimated that the average salt water angler in the Middle—Atlantic States spends $12700 per year on his fishing. Sport fishing in New Jersey’s Castal waters by Jerseyans alone thus represents an annual industry of well over $100 million.