While the survey did not examine causes for limits on access, 2010 witnessed several issues impacting saltwater fishing. Chief among these were the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which closed down much of the gulf to fishing through much of last summer, bottom fishing closures in the Southeast, and additional permanent sportfishing closures along the California coast. These may have led to the jump in saltwater access issues.
"These closures impact not only anglers, but businesses and families along the coast that depend on sportfishing. When people want to fish, but have to cancel because they are unable to access decent fishing spots, we see a greater deterioration of jobs, tax revenues and commerce in general. Anglers need to stay in touch with fisheries agencies and sportfishing groups to minimize any future problems," said Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at www.HunterSurvey.com, www.ShooterSurvey.com and www.AnglerSurvey.com.
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