The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation is encouraging boaters and anglers to take part in conserving all U.S. aquatic resources through its public service announcement "Conservation through Participation."
"Boaters and anglers are a significant source of funding for waterways conservation and recreation in the United States," RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson said in a statement. "Their investments in licenses and equipment, which help create jobs and protect our nation's natural resources, are particularly important in these tough times."
For example, when an angler buys fishing tackle or a boater buys fuel, a portion of those funds are distributed to states by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
This year, nearly $400 million will be distributed to states through the Sport Fish Restoration apportionment. Projects supported by these sales include acquiring and improving fish habitats, stocking fish, maintaining public access, and constructing launch ramps, fishing piers and other facilities.
Since 2005, RBFF has played a critical role in helping generate nearly $20 million for state conservation efforts and introducing more than 1 million youth and newcomers to boating and fishing, according to the group.
"There are thousands of lakes, rivers and streams listed on TakeMeFishing.org that are less than an hour away from most American homes," said Peterson. "Now, more than ever, is the time to practice responsible boating and fishing and take care to leave our waters in better shape than we found them."