The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation revealed new boating and fishing research this week at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades in Orlando, Fla.
The Special Report on Fishing and Boating, conducted by RBFF and the Outdoor Foundation, provides detailed information on participation by gender, age, ethnicity, income, education and geographic region. The report revealed that of the 48.5 million anglers in the U.S., 8.5 million are interested in owning a boat.
Other key findings include:
- Greater access to more and better fishing is the leading motivation for anglers considering boat ownership.
- Fishing is the most popular gateway activity to get kids interested in other outdoor pursuits.
- Fishing continues to be a strong pathway to boating.
"We know that there are strong ties between boating and fishing, and it is critical to understand this relationship to grow participation in our beloved outdoor sports," RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson said in a statement. "The research finds that anglers who don't currently own a boat represent a great potential for boat sales."
The methodology and full study is available online at RBFF.org.