programs included building and repairing boat ramps and courtesy docks, placing fish attractors and fish feeders, constructing fishing piers and providing fishing clinics for youth. The result is that Florida provides some of the best freshwater fishing in the country, or the world for that matter. Specific to freshwater fishing, the latest national survey, in 2011, reported that Florida had 1.2 million anglers. They enjoyed 26 million days fishing (No. 2 Texas had 23 million), spending almost a billion dollars and generating an economic impact of $1.7 billion that supported more than 14,000 jobs. Perhaps what is most important is that those 26 million days of fishing equate to 100 million hours of healthy outdoor recreation. In a time when reports of sedentary lifestyles are leading to an obesity crisis among not only adults but also young children, providing fun, inexpensive ways to get outside and be active is increasingly important. Freshwater fishing is available 365 days a year, with no closed seasons. An average angler fishes 17 times a year for about four hours per trip, so based on a annual resident fishing license costing only $17 that works out to just a quarter per hour of fishing fun and maybe some high quality, fresh fish dinners. Fishing license sales are the primary source of funding for the Division of Freshwater Fisheries. A program known as Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration (a.k.a., SFR, Wallop-Breaux or Dingell-Johnson) was created, in 1950, as a user-pays, public-benefits program to restore and
FWC uses Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration funding to provide boating access as well as fisheries conservation and research.