As an increasingly popular way to spend free time, fishing in a recreational sense generates revenue flow through a variety of industries and creates employment opportunities across these sectors. Outside of commercial fishing, recreational activities such as fishing trips and charters create jobs in bait and tackle, retail environments, boat hire as well as benefits for regional tourism.
The ABS estimates that 90,000 Australian jobs are supported by the popularity of recreational fishing. The increase in activity also increases demand for service such as bait, tackle and equipment. Individuals looking to go on fishing trips source equipment from a variety of locally and nationally owned fishing stores. The boating industry also benefits from recreational fishing generating over half the industries annual revenue form fishing related purchases including hire and personal sale.
Regional areas also benefit from the industry, mainly from tourists on fishing trips. The personalised and flexible nature of these trips, makes small coastal areas and often rural locations perfect for fishing off the beaten track. Accommodation providers as well as hospitality services are also great benefiters from said trips, providing options for fishers to stay and eat. Bait and fishing equipment stores also benefit directly and often generate the majority of their yearly revenue from tourism in peak fishing seasons.
Fishing charters also bring revenue to rural areas, providing employment opportunities for local residents. Commercial charters are often located in rural areas renowned for excellent fishing. Like the trips, it allows local business to increase profits by brining groups of tourists (often around 20 at per charter) to regional areas. Charters also benefit boat hire and maintenance services as well as bait and tackle providers. The charter operators are also often local residents who have experience and knowledge of the area, generating further employment opportunities in these areas.
Also operating in popular tourist destinations along the east coast, fishing charters provide opportunities in developed areas as well as rural. Often in these areas it can be equally difficult to find work, and these charter services employee a wide range of individuals. Staff with experience in fishing are employed to run the charter and aid customers in the correct use and techniques. Food service providers are also employed as many charters offer catered options. Private and corporate charters require more staff and often those with hospitality experience to provide dinks and food to guests.
The increasing popularity of charted services also provides demand for employment in administrative duties. Companies providing charters often employee individuals in an office environment to take bookings and organised customers and staff. Fishing as a recreational activity has more benefits than just clearing the mind and providing a dinner option. The rural location of many fishing spot mean that regional towns can generate a large amount of revenue from tourism. Popular tourism spots that provide fishing charters also generate income in industries like boating and bait and tackle.