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National Fishing and Boating Week 2022

June 05, 2022

Join us in celebrating our nation's love for fishing and boating during National Fishing and Boating Week. All year round, marine recreational fishing is a cherished American pastime and draws millions of anglers to support our coastal communities.

Graphic of people fishing off a boat, with a woman angler catching a marlin who is jumping out of the water

Join us for National Fishing and Boating Week June 4-12, 2022. This event is held annually the first full week of June to celebrate America’s love of fishing and boating. Tune in this week as we share how NOAA supports sustainable recreational fisheries for the benefit and enjoyment of the nation.

Explore the recreational fishing features below.

Recreational Fishing Features

New Podcast! Return Em Right: Empowering Anglers to Save Fish from Barotrauma

Hear how a federal program is providing free gear and training to anglers to reduce barotrauma in Gulf of Mexico fisheries.

Listen to the podcast

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An angler holds a fish, its mouth open and air bladder inflated from barotrauma.
Barotrauma expands gasses in a fish causing the air bladder and other organs to expand as well, making it difficult for fish to swim after release.

Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2022

To kick off National Fishing and Boating Week, Janet Coit, NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator, discusses the passion we have for marine recreational fishing, key takeaways from the recent National Recreational Fisheries Summit, and why sustainable fisheries are the foundation of thriving fishing communities, healthy marine ecosystems, and a strong economy.

Read Janet's leadership message on recreational fishing

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Mahi on line
Mahi. Photo courtesy of J. John Simione.

National Fish Habitat Partnership Projects to Engage Recreational Fishing Partners and Restore Habitat

Nearly $150,000 will support habitat restoration and angler engagement in Hawai’i, South Carolina, and Alaska.

Learn more about the National Fish Habitat Partnership projects

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 An adult with Kuleana Coral Reefs teaching a group of children in an outdoor classroom. Credit: Kuleana Coral Reefs/Blake Nowack.
Kuleana Coral Reefs staff teaches future anglers about coral as critical fish habitat in Hawaiʻi. Credit: Kuleana Coral Reefs/Blake Nowack.

NOAA Fishes

Our staff sound off about their passion for recreational fishing, their "why" for their work, and what our mission of conserving marine resources means to them.

Explore our staff responses

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Collage of NOAA staff out fishing
Collage of NOAA staff out fishing. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Fishing Smart around Essential Fish Habitats in the Southeast

Top tips for safe fishing in coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests.

Check out tips for fishing around Essential Fish Habitats in the Southeast

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Fishermen out for a trip in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Fishermen out for a trip in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: Nick Zachar/NOAA

Fishing Memories: Meet Scott Rumsey, Acting Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries West Coast

In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, we spoke with Scott Rumsey, the Deputy Regional Administrator and current Acting Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region. He shared his fondness for recreational fishing and some of his favorite fishing experiences.

Find out more about Scott Rumsey's favorite fishing memories 

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Scott Rumsey holds his catch
Scott Rumsey, Acting Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries West Coast, holds his catch. Photo courtesy of Scott Rumsey.

Last updated by Office of Communications on June 09, 2022

Recreational Fishing