Surrounded by more than 200 fourth- to seventh-grade students casting fishing lines and donning life jackets, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined partners of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to launch National Fishing and Boating Week (June 1-9).
Held just blocks from Capitol Hill on the banks of the Anacostia River, the event featured hands-on fishing and boating opportunities for kids and teachers, as well as lessons about boating safety and aquatic resource conservation.
“What you are doing today is really important – not only is a day on the water fun, but it also gives us a better appreciation for fish and wildlife and the importance of conservation,” Jewell told the students from local schools in the Washington, D.C., area.
During National Fishing and Boating Week, many areas provide free fishing (no license required) as a way to encourage people to go fishing. Local activities that promote fishing, boating and conservation can be found at http://www.takemefishing.org/nfbw/
Read the full press release about the event and the important contributions that fishing, boating make in outdoor recreation economy.