|Photo courtesy of the RBFF / www.takemefishing.org|
National Fishing and Boating Week begins today and highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing peoples' quality of life and preserving our country's natural beauty. The week-plus long event offers boaters and anglers of all ages and skill levels a great reason to spend quality time together, enjoying and appreciating the great outdoors whether in their local community or on a vacation. This year, nearly 40 out of the 50 states are offering Free Fishing Days during NFBW, providing a chance for current participants to introduce the sport to newcomers, especially children.
According to the Outdoor Foundation, the average child spends 35 hours a week in front of the television, and less than 25 percent of school-aged children participate in some form of daily physical activity. In turn, RBFF research has shown that fishing is a top "gateway" activity, spurring involvement in other outdoor interests which may lead to an active, healthy lifestyle. "Boating and fishing are the kinds of activities that get families and kids outdoors and reconnecting with each other – and with nature," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "With hundreds of thousands of places to boat and fish across the country, families likely have access to a boating and fishing location very close to home."
During NFBW, RBFF will be promoting its TakeMeFishing.org resources, such as the Places to Boat and Fish Map, which is featured on sites like FirstBoat.com, one of the RBFF's many industry partners. To find a place to boat or fish in your state, visit www.firstboat.com/states/fish.html.
For more information about boating and fishing via the RBFF, visit www.takemefishing.org.