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1:57:44, Feb 20th 2013

SteveO says:
The numbers in this article are flat out wrong. The GDP of the United States is approximately 15 trillion. To say trout fishing is a “multi-trillion” dollar industry simply can’t be true. That would mean 6-15% of our countries GDP is attributed to trout fishing. The phrase “in this region alone $1.1 billion is spent annually on fishing” has to be false as well. To use Sershen’s estimate of $200 a day, that would equal 5.5 million days spent fishing in the region. To put that in perspective, every resident of Fillmore County would have to fish 263 days a year for these numbers to hold true or every resident of Minnesota would have to fish in the region at least one day a year. According to the USDA, in 2006 there were 103,000 days spent trout fishing in MN. I know there are more fish than trout in this region and the numbers are from 2006, but 103,000 and 5,500,000 are way too big of a difference to be even close to accurate. As far as the $200 a day number, I believe that to be inaccurate as well. To include equipment into that estimate is stretching (it is not logical to assume one would purchase new equipment every time they go fishing.) There are many more comparisons I could make to prove my point, but I think you get it.

The premise of this article is solid and to point out the economic impact of trout fishing on the area is a thoughtful idea, but to use completely false numbers to prove that point is poor reporting.

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