A Socio-economic and Spatial Characterization of Recreational Boating in Coastal and Ocean Waters of the Northeast United States
A partnership among industry, government, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) conducted this survey of marine recreational boaters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York during the 2012 boating season.
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This survey is part of a larger effort that is underway in New England to gather science-based, stakeholder informed information to inform regional ocean planning.
The study presents regional and state maps of busy boating routes, locations and important activities, such as recreational fishing and wildlife viewing.See More Maps
In the Northeast in 2012, there were about 907,000 marine boating trips that generated about $3.5 billion dollars in the Northeast economy.Learn More
Boaters indicated what activities they did while boating, including swimming, whale watching and fishing. The most sought after species while fishing was striped bass.
The ocean is a busy place. To avoid conflicts as new projects are proposed, like offshore wind turbines or fish farms, we have to know what is happening there now, like boating.
Marine Trades Associations and individual boating-related businesses were key partners in this survey by providing partial funding for the survey, facilitating data collection and reviewing the results.
The knowledge gained through this work would not have been possible without the participation of over 12,000 recreational boaters in this study. Thank you for being a part of this survey.
Here you will find a sample of the survey results, a description of the effective partnership that made this work possible, downloadable products summarizing the survey, and ways to learn more.
Posted: December 18, 2013
This report provides a comprehensive description of the survey, methodology and partners, as well as the full suite of survey results. Results include economic impact estimates, maps displaying boater activity and demographic information.Read More
Posted: October 27, 2013
This 8-page summary describes the purpose of the survey, the methods employed, the key results for the Northeast, and the unique partnership of industry, government and nongovernmental organizations formed to conduct the work.Read More
Posted: October 27, 2013
These 4-page summaries present 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey results specific to Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. For details on the methodology and results specific to the entire Northeast, see Project Summary.Read More
Posted: October 25, 2013
Survey reveals details of boaters’ routes, activities and spending from Maine to New York during 2012 boating season.Read More