Over the past 5 years, Headwaters Charitable Trust has sponsored our Hooked On Headwaters Fly Fishing Challenge. The intent of the event is to highlights our work to restore fisheries throughout Pennsylvania. This event was scheduled for May 29th but unfortunately, we may have to cancel if we cannot reschedule for June. Outdoor recreation such as fishing provides numerous benefits to residents and visitors.
According to a report published in 2017 by The American Sportfishing Association and consultant Southwick Associates which provided an overview of the economic contributions of recreational fishing in Pennsylvania. PFBC indicated there were 1,433,257 license sales in 2017. The report estimated that anglers spent an estimated $503 million while producing an overall economic output of $853.3 million and supporting 9,586 jobs in the state.
Pennsylvania fishing license sales were down in by 11% in 2019 to 1,275,475 and the state is now trying to improve participation in part by focusing on water quality. Currently Headwaters Charitable Trust is completing 5 water quality projects that will benefit our fisheries. Over the next several weeks we will highlight specific projects related to our restoration and green job efforts that positively impact the environment and our local economies.
Please consider donating to Headwaters. These donations support the communities where we live work and play.