Fishing is the most important part of your life.
That’s the message the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has put forward to the public and lawmakers in the past few years.
The foundation’s recent study of the public’s attitude towards fishing and the role it plays in economic growth was released Tuesday, and it comes as Congress looks to expand the federal fishery in an effort to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
In an online survey conducted between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, the foundation found that the public generally views the fishing industry positively.
While some people believe that fishing is a necessary part of a healthy American economy, the majority say it should be part of the mix of economic development and environmental stewardship, with 62% saying they feel it’s part of economic growth.
The public also appreciates that fishing can be a job that benefits many people.
While about four in 10 Americans say that working in a fishing industry is a great way to make a living, a majority of those same people say that they’d consider getting their hands dirty in the outdoors if it meant that they could get paid to do it.
And while the public agrees with the importance of fishing to the economy, it’s not the only part of that equation.
About half of those surveyed said they would be willing to do anything to help with the economy if they could have the ability to earn a living doing it.
Fishing has become a big issue in the U.S. as a result of climate change and the global economic downturn, but it’s also seen as a critical component of the economy.
In addition to being environmentally important, it provides jobs for thousands of people who work in the fishing sector.
In 2016, more than 16 million people worked in fishing jobs, the vast majority of which were related to fishing, according to the American Fishing Federation.
But that’s not to say that people don’t have an opinion about the impact of fishing on the environment.
More than one-third of Americans surveyed said that the environment is at risk from fishing, and more than half said that it’s the main reason they’re not fishing.
That sentiment has become more common since the 2016 presidential election, with pollsters finding that more than three-quarters of Americans support a ban on fishing on federal land, as well as a moratorium on the importation of seafood from foreign countries.
The vast majority said they thought that the country should ban or severely restrict fishing, but that there are ways to do so that aren’t as drastic as a ban.
For the foundation, the findings suggest that the federal government is doing its part to support a strong fishing industry, but the public isn’t buying it.
The survey found that most Americans are willing to accept a fishing ban on federal lands as long as it doesn’t go as far as a permanent ban.
Only 17% said that they would support a permanent, permanent ban on all fishing on all federal land.
Only 20% said they’d support a temporary ban, which would only be temporary and would expire when the fish catches up to the current levels.