National Fishing and Boating Week is a celebration of fishing and boating, an event that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing our quality of life and preserving our country’s natural beauty.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently thanked Reps. Dave Joyce (R-OH-14) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03) for introducing House Resolution 871, which seeks to designate the week of June 2 through June 10, 2018, as National Fishing and Boating Week.
NMMA worked with both Congressional offices to put forth the resolution in recognition of the importance of the recreational boating and fishing industries.
“Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Joyce and Rep. Beatty, and support from Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs, Rep. Lois Frankel and Rep. Tom MacArthur, Congress is acknowledging the importance of each and every one of America’s 142 million recreational boaters,” said NMMA President Thom Dammrich. “Boating and fishing are beloved American pastimes that also happen to be significant contributors to our economy, driving an estimated $39 billion of U.S. GDP annually, as part of the outdoor recreation economy, which represents 2 percent of U.S. GDP.”
June also happens to be Great Outdoors Month, and one of the busiest months for boating and fishing across the country, making it a good time to highlight the 650,000 American workers behind the scenes who are supported by the industry and make recreational boating possible, Dammrich said.
“As the summer boating and fishing season kicks off, we’re eager to continue working with members of Congress to ensure our industry remains a positive force in support of the economy, outdoor recreation, and our nation’s waterways,” Dammrich added.