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Press Release

Fishing – Quality Time With Family and Friends

June 25, 2003

Why go fishing? Ask anyone to tell the story of who first took them boating or fishing and chances are good the story is deeply personal and meaningful.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries encourages people to remember why they enjoy fishing. On the water, there are no cars, no rush hour, no deadlines and a chance to relax.

There are news stories every week about the stress and time crunch felt by working Americans and their families. People are searching for ways to escape the daily routine, be closer to nature and focus more on family and relationships. Studies show that people who participate frequently in outdoor recreation are more satisfied with life overall. For a weeklong vacation or just a quiet Saturday morning, recreational fishing is a great way to "get away from it all."

“A family doesn't have to spend a fortune on a theme park vacation to have an experience that everyone will enjoy,” said Fisheries Section Chief Stan Cook. “Being with family and friends, relaxing and being outdoors and close to nature are the primary reasons people spend time on the water.”

By participating, anglers and boaters provide vital funding. Fewer than 10 percent of recreational anglers and boaters are aware that their participation plays a vital role in sustaining resources and promoting safe and responsible use of our nation's waters. On average, 83 percent of state fish and wildlife agencies' total freshwater fisheries/aquatic resource management budget is supported by fishing license sales and Sport Fish Restoration funds. These funds are derived from motorboat fuel taxes and a special excise tax on fishing tackle and equipment. Sport Fish Restoration funds also support boater education and safety programs around the country.

Fishing and boating are outdoor recreational activities that strengthen the family as a unit and children as individuals. For adventures you and your children will remember long after the fact, water works wonders!

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