Fact Sheet

Overfishing Strips Tens of Millions from Southeast Economy

An analysis commissioned by the Pew Environment Group reveals that historic overfishing resulted in the loss of tens of millions of dollars in recreational fishing expenditures annually from 2005 to 2009. Spending on recreational fishing in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico could have delivered millions of dollars more to these regions if fish populations had been at healthy levels. The results provide a strong case for maintaining healthy ocean fish populations by continuing efforts to rebuild depleted species and end and prevent overfishing.