Florida’s tourism industry – which supports hundreds of thousands of Clearwater jobs (Click here), jobs Fort Lauderdale, Miami Dade County jobs, and positions throughout the state – is introducing a new resource to attract fishers.

Visit Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently launched FishingCapital.com, a new website aimed at helping fishing enthusiasts plan their next fishing trip to Florida. The site will be a vital tool for the state’s tourism industry, which supports thousands of local jobs.

In fact, tourism is the largest industry in Florida, which is not surprising given the diversity of the state’s attractions. The fishing, boating, and seafood industries alone employ almost 400,000 residents and have a total economic impact of more than $30 billion.

“Tourism is the leading industry in the state, welcoming visitors who spend in excess of $60 billion each year and employ nearly one million Floridians,” Ed Fouché, chairman of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors and senior vice president of travel industry sales for Disney Destinations, said in a statement. “Our vision is to establish Florida as the No. 1 travel destination in the world and since Florida is already the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’ that means the fishing industry is playing a big role in attracting visitors to the Sunshine State.”

FishingCapital.com will provide visitors with access to a variety of resources, from tips on how to find the best fishing spots to information on fishing events to reports from local captains. They also can ask questions, post photos, and interact with each other via Facebook and Twitter.

Florida has more days of recreational fishing and more fishers per year than any other state, earning the state the title of “fishing capital of the world.” The state’s diverse sport fisheries, habitats, weather, year-round fishing, and tourism industry are considered unparalleled by many experts.

“Florida has long been known as the ‘Fishing Capital of the World’ for good reason, and we need to make sure everyone knows it,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “VISIT FLORIDA and FWC have done a great job putting together this valuable new resource that will help even more of Florida’s 82 million annual visitors find all the information they need to add a fishing adventure to their next Sunshine State vacation.”

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