2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey: A Socioeconomic and Spatial Characterization of Recreational Boating in Coastal and Ocean Waters of the Northeast United States
A partnership among industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations conducted a survey of marine recreational boaters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York during the 2012 boating season. The 2012 Northeast Recreational Boater Survey (2012 NE Survey) characterizes the recre- ational boating activity of 373,766 marine boaters from Maine to New York. The project produced detailed maps of boating routes across the region and estimated that marine recreational boating contributed $3.5 billion to the Northeast economy in 2012. Survey collaborators provided input and assisted with every phase of the study, including survey scoping and development, study design, implementation, and interpretation of the survey results. Results include regional and state maps of popular recreational boating locations; busy boating routes; and activities, such as recreational fishing and wildlife viewing. Eco- nomic analyses revealed that 907,000 boating trips on the ocean gen- erated approximately $3.5 billion and the equivalent of nearly 27,000 year-round jobs in the Northeast in 2012. The results can be used by ocean managers, the boating industry and others in many ways, such as identifying waters important to recreational boaters; inform- ing business planning and economic development; and planning for compatible and sustainable ocean uses.