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National Fishing and Boating Week

Get hooked on the great outdoors during National Fishing and Boating Week - reel in fun, adventure and unforgettable memories!
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June 1
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Get stuck into some outdoor adventure with National Fishing and Boating Week, kicking off on June 1! This annual celebration has roots dating back to 1979 when President Jimmy Carter declared the importance of recreational boating and fishing. The week serves as a shining reminder of the joy and freedom associated with these activities, enjoyed by millions across the country. So, unfurl those sails, dust off the fishing rods, and let's dive headfirst into a week of aquatic wonder. There's no better way to connect with nature and create incredible memories. After all, as the saying goes, a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work! Let's reel in some fun!

History of National Fishing and Boating Week

National Fishing and Boating Week Dates

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1972</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Clean Water Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Clean Water Act of 1972 laid the foundation for protecting and preserving the waterways of America—pivotal for fishing and boating.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1979</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Presidential Proclamation</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Jimmy Carter emphasized the importance of recreational boating and fishing, later leading to a more formalized celebration.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1980s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sport Fishing Restoration Program</div><div class='timeline-text'>The increase of funds and focus in sustainable fishing resources ensured quality experiences for fishing and boating enthusiasts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Fishing and Boating Week Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) established the National Fishing and Boating Week.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Nationwide Participation</div><div class='timeline-text'>With RBFF promotion, national participation in fishing rose to 41 million Americans. National Fishing and Boating Week became widely recognized and celebrated.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Plan a fishing trip</h3><p class='facts-text'>Whether it's freshwater or saltwater, plan a trip to your favorite fishing spot or discover a new one. Rent a boat or join a guided tour for an unforgettable day of casting lines and catching fish.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Take a boating safety course</h3><p class='facts-text'>Safety comes first! Celebrate the week by taking a boating safety course. Learn about boat handling, navigation, equipment, and emergency procedures to ensure everyone's safety on the water.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Join or organise a cleanup event</h3><p class='facts-text'>Love for nature should go hand in hand with its preservation. Join or organise a cleanup event at your local lake, river, or beach. It's a satisfying way to give back and keep the waters clean for all creatures, big and small.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Start a fishing tournament</h3><p class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and organize a friendly fishing tournament. Assign points for different types of fish, the biggest catch, or the first one to catch a fish... ensuring laughter and fun memories along the journey.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Learn how to cook your catch</h3><p class='facts-text'>Turn your fishing trip into a culinary adventure. Learn how to properly clean and cook your catch of the day. You might want to also learn a new recipe or two to turn your catch into a delicious meal and celebrate the fishing trip from start to finish.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Fishing and Boating Week

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Fosters a connection with nature</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Fishing and Boating Week encourages us to step outdoors and appreciate the stunning natural beauty of our waterways. Fishing and boating can be a serene experience, allowing us to unplug from the digital world and truly connect with the environment around us.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes fun and adventure</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The week is filled with numerous fun activities, from planning a fishing trip to starting a fishing tournament. These activities provide an opportunity for adventure and create unforgettable memories with friends and family.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages preservation of nature</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Fishing and Boating Week isn't just about enjoying the wonders of nature, but also preserving them. By participating in cleanup events, we can contribute to maintaining the cleanliness and biodiversity of our local waters, ensuring future generations can also enjoy them.</p></div></div>

5 Hooked-on Facts for Fishing and Boating Week

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Fishing dates back approximately 40,000 years</h3><p class='facts-content'>Evidence suggests that fishing, as a means of food procurement, dates back approximately 40,000 years. Paleolithic human societies around the end of the Ice Age started this primitive method of sustenance, demonstrating the age-old bond between humans and the water.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are over 30,000 different species of fish</h3><p class='facts-content'>The ocean is a remarkably diverse ecosystem, housing over 30,000 known species of fish. From the tiny dwarf goby to the massive whale shark, the world's waterways offer an endless array of fish species to explore and learn about.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Nearly 90% of fishing is done in saltwater bodies</h3><p class='facts-content'>"Surfcasting", or fishing from the coastline, includes nearly 90% of all fishing activity. With the majority of the world's marine biodiversity located near coastal regions, it isn't surprising that most fishing is done in saltwater bodies.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Recreational boating contributes significantly to the U.S. economy</h3><p class='facts-content'>With its popularity across the country, recreational boating contributes significantly to the US economy. In 2018, the recreational boating industry contributed an estimated $170.3 billion to the US economy, emphasizing its economic relevance and influence.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The world’s longest boat, the "Knock Nevis," is longer than the height of many landmark skyscrapers</h3><p class='facts-content'>"Knock Nevis," the longest ship ever built, has a total length of about 458 meters. To put this in perspective, that's longer than the height of many prominent skyscrapers like the Empire State Building!</p></div></div>

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