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National Fishing and Boating Week 2021

June 07, 2021

Saltwater recreational fishing is one of our nation's treasured pastimes.

Man and child fishing off boat Man and child fishing on boat. Credit: J. Watson/NOAA Fisheries

We're celebrating America’s love of fishing and boating during National Fishing and Boating Week 2021. It's a great time to learn how NOAA supports sustainable recreational fisheries for the benefit and enjoyment of the nation. We celebrate this event annually the first full week of June.

Check out the features below to get a closer look at recreational fishing.

Recreational Fishing Features

Video: Marine Mammal Guidance for Recreational Anglers in Alaska

Alaska is known for its world class fishing and wildlife experiences. Watch the video below for some tips to help make sure you have a trip that is safe for you and the amazing animals you will see on your trip.

Watch more recreational fishing videos

Reel Progress for Recreational Fishing: National Fishing and Boating Week 2021

Join us in celebrating the 2021 fishing season and kick off National and Fishing Boating Week with a leadership message from Russell Dunn, National Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries.

Read the leadership message

Father and daughter holding catch salmon catch
Father and daughter with salmon in Juneau, Alaska. Credit: Douglas Pels

Progress Update: Engaging Recreational Anglers in Habitat Conservation

A progress update on habitat restoration projects in Alaska, Washington, California, and Virginia.

Check out the restoration projects

Removal of the culvert at Mink Creek, Alaska.
Removal of a culvert that was blocking fish passage in Mink Creek, Alaska. Credit: Takshanuk Watershed Council.

Climate Change: NOAA Fisheries Supports Coastal Communities

Climate change is affecting our communities, businesses, and natural resources—including our fisheries and coastal habitats.

Learn how NOAA Fisheries supports coastal communities

Four fishing poles are positioned upright in the sand of a beach with a person silhouetted on the beach in the center as the sun sets casting a pink, purple, orange and yellow sunset across the sky and reflected on the ocean waves.
Fishermen shoreline fishing on the coast of Lanikai beach, Hawaiʻi during sunset. Photo courtesy of RJ Fagaragan.

Fishing Memories: Meet Mike Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region

In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, Mike Pentony, Regional Administrator for the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, shares his fondness for recreational fishing.

Learn more about his fishing memories

A young boy gives a fishing rod to an older man across a table.
Mike Pentony as a child. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Mike Pentony

Infographic Illustrates the Role of For-Hire Data in Science and Management

Along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, NOAA Fisheries uses different data collection programs to gather different pieces of information about for-hire fishing activity. Each program plays a unique role in the agency’s work to estimate total recreational catch. 

Learn how we collect data from for-hire captains and recreational anglers

Anglers fish from headboat in Massachusetts
Anglers fish from a headboat in Massachusetts. Credit: Wendy Paquette.

Recreational Fishing Videos

The Southeast: Open for Fishing All Year Long

NOAA Fisheries Southeast region has a greater variety of species and more year-round recreational fishing opportunities than anywhere else in the nation.

Recreational Fishing: Many Things to Many People

Learn more about how NOAA Fisheries supports sustainable recreational fishing.

Recreational Saltwater Fishing: Know Before You Go

From National Fishing and Boating Week 2020, a quick explanation of the rules for recreational saltwater fishing in federal waters.

Last updated by Office of Communications on June 09, 2021