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National Fishing And Boating Week Offers Opportunities

5/20/02

Arizona Fish and Game

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - The second annual National Fishing and Boating Week is June 1-9, with thousands of local events in communities across the country.

     Events provide hands-on opportunities for families and friends to share fun, quality time together while learning about two of our nation's favorite pastimes - recreational boating and fishing.

     In Arizona, Fishing and Boating Week will be celebrated through a variety of ways, including the annual free fishing day on June 8. “This is a perfect time for the family to get out fishing. There are even urban lakes close to home for most of us. We also have various fishing clinics around the state,” said Joe Janisch, information branch chief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

     To find out about the fishing clinics or any other activity near you, or just for the latest fishing information, try http://www.azgfd.com.

     "Today's families are busier than ever," said Bruce Matthews, president and CEO of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF). "We hope people will turn away from their computers, turn off their televisions and rediscover each other through boating and fishing together.  It's hard not to relax when you are on the water."

     Fishing and boating provide a positive experience that the entire family can enjoy together.  

     *    Numerous studies have shown that being with family and friends, relaxing, and being outdoors and close to nature are the primary reasons people boat and fish.  

     *    Many Americans believe that outdoor recreation strengthens the family as a unit and the children as individuals.  

     *    Studies also show that people who participate frequently in outdoor recreation are more satisfied with life overall.  

     There is no better time to learn more about recreational fishing and boating and experience these benefits first hand than during National Fishing and Boating Week.

     For a listing of events taking place during National Fishing and Boating Week and throughout the year, visit WaterWorksWonders.org. Visitors will find a complete listing of events near their homes or vacation destination.

     National Fishing and Boating Week is a key component of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation's national awareness campaign, Water Works Wonders™. The initiative was recently nominated for a 2002 Fatherhood Award by the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), the premier fatherhood renewal organization in the country. The Fatherhood Awards are presented annually to men, women, and organizations who make a substantial contribution to strengthening involved, committed, and responsible fatherhood.

     For additional information, visit WaterWorksWonders.org, or call Kirk Gillis, RBFF communications manager, at (703) 519-0013, ext. 109.
 


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