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Economic Benefits in New York
As of 2014, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has started 143 projects in New York, totaling $63.6 million. According to a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, the wildlife recreation industry in the state tops all other eight Great Lakes states, totaling $9.2 billion. Wildlife watchers make up $4.1 billion of this spending, while anglers spend almost $2 billion and hunters, $1.6 billion. Anglers who make their way to the Great Lakes spend almost $800 each on their trip expenses alone. Sport fishing in the state supports nearly 12,000 jobs. All told, the Great Lakes support jobs for more than 4 million residents. The health of the Lakes is directly tied to the State economy—indeed, almost 160,000 jobs in New York are connected to the Great Lakes.