According to a press release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), boating generates significant revenue for the state of Ohio and has an annual economic effect of $6.4 billion.
According to recent research that was conducted by the Division of Parks and Watercraft of the ODNR, the boating sector is responsible for 45,856 jobs.
“The boating industry lifts up the economy for local communities all across Ohio,” said Mary Mertz, who is the director of ODNR.
Ohio’s economy benefits greatly from the money boaters spend there.
“The boost sends ripples out into the water and into local business, while also supporting jobs all along the shores, from marinas and boat dealers on the coast to restaurants and hotels further inland.”
The research was carried out by means of a questionnaire that was sent to roughly 10,000 boating homes as well as over 200 maritime trade firms. Other boating practices that were identified by the study are as follows:
- In the year 2022, individuals in Ohio spent a total of 315 million hours boating.
- Fishing takes up 33.6% of the total time spent on the water.
24.3% of all non-powered boats and 5.4% of all motorized boats are operated mostly by women.
According to ODNR, the economic impact of boating is quantified by evaluating the direct, indirect, and induced consequences of spending money on activities and items associated to boating.
In this particular research, consideration was given to the contributions made by both recreational boating and maritime industries.
The maritime trades business was responsible for 2.75 billion dollars and 20,380 employment, whilst recreational boating was responsible for 3.66 billion dollars and 25,476 jobs.