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Fishermen add big bucks to state economy

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The federal government says recreational saltwater fishermen pumped more than $31 billion into the U.S. economy in 2006, with Florida leading the pack. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in a report released Monday that saltwater anglers spent $5.8 billion nationwide on expenses related to their fishing trips, such as ice and bait. Another $25.6 billion was spent on fishing equipment. Florida anglers led the nation by spending more than $16 billion. Texas fishermen came in second with just over $3 billion spent, followed by California, Louisiana and North Carolina. The report says the money spent nationally supported nearly 534,000 jobs. Officials say those figures will likely drop for 2007 and 2008 because of current economic woes.
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