TALLAHASEE, Fla. — The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida today announced the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has become a new conservation partner, helping bring attention to the importance of protecting natural resources, particularly waterways.
“Florida is one of our nation’s premier boating destinations as boating is a natural part of everyday life throughout the state. As part of that legacy, Florida generates more than $2.3 billion in annual retail sales of new boats, engines and marine accessories while employing an estimated 55,000 people across the state,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the NMMA. “With how critical boating is to Florida and vice versa, it’s important for us to always be seeking ways to protect its waterways and ensure boaters and anglers can enjoy them for generations to come.”
As part of the partnership, NMMA will host the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida at one of the largest boat shows in the world — the Miami International Boat Show — on February 11-15 at its new home at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin.
At the boat show, the foundation will showcase its Fishing Camp for Kids, Youth Conservation Camp and “I DO” campaign, encouraging Florida anglers to buy a fishing license. Foundation staff will be on hand to provide boat show attendees with information on the camps and how they engage youth in responsible use of our waterways as well as insights on how fishing license sales are reinvested to help fund fishing conservation and water access throughout Florida. The foundation will also offer fishing licenses for purchase to boat show attendees onsite during the show, providing a convenient and important resource for fishing enthusiasts.
“We are proud to be a conservation partner of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida and are honored to help support their mission in Florida and host them at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show at its new home at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. In particular, we support their ‘I DO’ campaign and its efforts to increase fishing license sales and grow their fishing and conservation camps for kids across the state, which helps create future environmentally conscious boaters and anglers while giving kids an opportunity to experience Florida’s waters firsthand,” Dammrich said. “Their intensive five-day fish camp format is a proven winner for youth engagement and their ‘I DO’ campaign is vital to ensuring Florida anglers have access to fishing now and in the future.”
“We are so pleased to partner with the NMMA, especially as they launch the new location for the world-class Miami International Boat Show, a critical event for Florida that generates $597 million in economic activity for the state each year,” said Foundation Chairman Rodney Barreto. “We thank NMMA for its leadership and its work within the outdoor community as a visionary leader and its contribution to the conservation community and work helping to protect our nation’s waterways.
“We ask the entire marine industry and anglers everywhere to join us at the Miami International Boat Show on February 11-15 to learn about buying a fishing license, our Fish and Conservation Camps for youth around the state, and help us create the next generation that cares and respectfully enjoys our waterways while enjoying one of the greatest boat shows in the world,” Barreto added.
Visit www.FLFLC.com to learn more about the importance of fish and wildlife conservation in Florida and the Foundation’s “I DO” campaign.
Visit MiamiBoatShow.com to learn more about the 2016 Miami International Boat Show and reserve your parking and hotel.