Fishing License Sales Continue to Plummet - is it due to AIS Impacts?

New research from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10530-020-02198-5) has found that zebra mussels decrease the size of walleye 14%, spiny water flea by 12%, and the combination of the two by 25%. 

The biggest and most productive walleye lakes in Minnesota are all infested with one or both of these species. Is this part of the reason that fishing license sales are off 50,000 from 2017 numbers, continuing a disturbing trend, particularly among young people?

Total Sales For Entire License Year

2016

2017

2018

TO DATE 2019

Conservation Individual Angling

17,682

17,315

17,071

15,940

Conservation Combination Angling

5,546

5,790

6,228

6,219

24 Hour Angling (In 2013 24 hr license were seperated into Resident and Non Resident)

14,305

15,237

13,621

7,207

Individual Angling

446,575

449,338

433,519

397,299

Combination Angling

183,635

183,572

173,954

166,952

NR Individual Angling

70,659

73,103

70,155

66,520

NR Married Couple Angling

29,880

30,562

30,525

29,882

NR  14 Day Married Couple Angling

21,286

21,182

20,895

19,546

NR 7 Day Angling

58,244

58,754

55,529

49,608

NR 72 Hour Angling

49,303

41,043

43,849

30,582

Resident Youth Ages 16 & 17 Angling

39,981

32,861

31,049

28,738

NR 24 Hour Angling (In 2013 24 hr license were seperated into Resident and Non Resident)

34,988

50,749

47,366

34,226

Resident 72 Hour Angling

13,884

14,649

14,392

7,438

Resident 3 Year Angling

1,776

2,046

1,763

1,614

Resident Indvidual Super Sports

2,294

2,672

3,001

3,227

Resident Combination Super Sports

1,293

1,480

1,681

1,908

Sr Citzen(2000-2002) / N R Youth Angling(2006-Present)

9,926

9,971

9,705

8,379

Individual Sports

77,682

74,888

69,270

64,407

Combination Sports

64,141

61,613

59,100

55,696

Resident Lifetime Angling

8,084

8,507

8,897

8,952

Resident Lifetime Sports

6,970

7,301

7,610

7,317

NR Lifetime Angling

94

104

115

112

Totals

1,158,228

1,162,737

1,119,295

1,011,769

         

Year End Totals

2016

2017

2018

TO DATE 2019

Trout Pictorial (129 +137)

5,171

5,375

5,321

5,033

Trout Validation (128 + 136 + 254)

103,432

105,778

105,385

102,607

Walleye Pictorial

4,854

5,374

5,634

5,633

Walleye Validation

12,467

13,409

13,462

14,171

Totals

125,924

129,936

129,802

127,444

 

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