REGINA, Sask., December 21, 2006 – Hunters and anglers are a key component to Saskatchewan’s tourist and local economy. Saskatchewan Environment reports that of the $1.4 billion spent annually by tourists in the province, some $307 million is spent by people engaged in hunting and fishing. Waterfowlers are a major part of the hunting community.
“The contributions of hunters and anglers are tremendous to the economy and conservation alike,” said Ducks Unlimited Canada Manager of Provincial Operations in Saskatchewan, Brent Kennedy. “DUC was founded by conservation-minded sportsmen in 1938. This economic study is a firm reinforcement of the key role waterfowlers and anglers play in local communities and in wetland and waterfowl conservation. DUC could not achieve our goals without their support.”
Hunters and anglers are the core of Ducks Unlimited’s volunteer force raising funds in the U.S. and Canada to support wetlands and waterfowl conservation.
“Saskatchewan is blessed with a healthy environment and bountiful natural resources that make life better for Saskatchewan families by creating jobs and economic growth,” Environment Minister John Nilson said. “Much of the spending from hunting and fishing supports our rural and northern communities and businesses, such as restaurants, hotels and gas stations.”
The study was commissioned by Saskatchewan Environment and will be used to help make future decisions about conservation and resource use in Saskatchewan.
The study also found that hunters and anglers who live in Saskatchewan spent an additional $176 million when engaged in hunting and fishing.
“Hunting and fishing have deep social and cultural importance in Saskatchewan,” Niles said. “It is important to ensure that these activities take place in a way that will allow them to continue to benefit everyone in Saskatchewan and help build a better future right here for our young people.”