June 5-13 is National Fishing and Boating Week

Now that the weather has warmed up, maybe it’s time to take the boat out for a trip or get reacquainted with that favorite fishing spot. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) are encouraging people to partake in recreational activities during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 5-13. The mission of National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW) is to raise awareness of the opportunities, benefits, and values associated with boating and fishing participation and stewardship of aquatic resources. The message incorporates the theme of the Water Works Wonders™ national advertising campaign – time spent on the water connects people.

Recreational boating and fishing are America’s favorite sporting activities, with more than 50 million people participating every year - more than play golf and tennis combined. During NFBW, hundreds of communities across the country will host fishing and boating events designed to give families the opportunity to participate in these great pastimes. While millions already take part in these activities, this is also an opportunity to introduce others.

Participation not only connects people with nature, it also helps to fund the management and conservation of local aquatic environments. The money that comes from fishing licenses and special taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel funds an average of 83 percent of state fisheries management budgets. These funds ensure that fishery resources are well-managed, accessible and conserved for future generations to enjoy.

Information on where to fish and boat in Alabama can be found at www.outdooralabama.com, the official Web site of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

NFBW is administered by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation in partnership with the National Fishing and Boating Week Steering Committee. The RBFF is a government-funded, nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby increasing public awareness and appreciation of the need for protecting, conserving, and restoring America’s aquatic natural resources. For more information, visit www.WaterWorksWonders.org, or www.rbff.org or www.outdooralabama.com.

Here are some boating and fishing facts and figures:

 Recreational boating is one of the most popular forms of family recreation:

*Source: National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)

Fishing is one of America's favorite outdoor recreational pastimes:

*Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation and the American Sportfishing Association.