Cast a line and join us for National Fishing and Boating Week. This national event takes place June 1-9, 2019 and highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in our nation.
According to NOAA Fisheries most recent data, the American saltwater recreational fishing community has more than 9.8 million saltwater anglers and they are as diverse and widespread as the species they pursue. It's also an important part of our economy. Recreational fishing supports 472,000 jobs, and generates $67.9 billion annually in sales impacts and $24.3 billion in income.
National Fishing and Boating Week Features
Engaging with Recreational Anglers Is a Top Priority
Check out this leadership message from Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries Chris Oliver and learn how we support recreational fishing opportunities across the country.
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NOAA Fisheries is committed to engaging America’s youth in our saltwater recreational fisheries and providing education on how to be responsible stewards of our marine resources.
Properly releasing fish to fight another day helps ensure high quality angling opportunities today, tomorrow, and in the years to come.
The Marine Recreational Information Program is working to advance the use of electronic reporting in recreational fishing data collection.
NOAA and partners’ work to restore North Carolina’s Cape Fear River will provide cleaner water and healthier habitat for migratory fish, while in turn supporting local communities and businesses.
New Projects to Engage Recreational Anglers and Restore Habitat
NOAA is announcing the funding of three projects that will restore coastal habitat and enhance recreational fisheries engagement in coastal Fish Habitat Partnerships. More than $120,000 will support habitat restoration projects in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alaska.
Alaska's Valuable Recreational Fishing Industry
Alaskan scientists and managers are ensuring the sustainability of Alaska marine resources for the benefit of recreational, commercial and subsistence users and other members of the public.