Tag Archives: RBFF

New anglers become winners at “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

More than 40 aspiring anglers came from Florida as well as several other states to learn from the pros at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University, at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL. Participants came to learn about fishing and practice their skills on the water. The event kicked off with a meet-and-greet social featuring networking, fundraisers and a Potluck Appetizer Contest.  ...

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Industry donations support RBFF’s Vamos A Pescar Education Fund

As part of its continual commitment to democratize the boating experience, Brunswick Corporation has made a sizeable donation to the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The donation will help expand fishing and boating access to Hispanic communities who have traditionally been underrepresented in these activities. “We’re grateful for Brunswick’s support of the Education Fund’s mission,” said Rachel ...

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RBFF names new president and CEO

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced Dave Chanda as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. In his new role, Chanda will manage all aspects of RBFF operations and assume responsibility for meeting the strategic goals set by RBFF leadership. Chanda, who originally joined the RBFF team in 2017 as Vice President of State & Federal Engagement, ...

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Charting the course for future success

By Stephanie Vatalaro To build a pipeline of future participants, we must start engaging younger, more multicultural audiences now. That could be said about any number of things, but we know it to be true about fishing and boating. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report, for the first time in history, the white population has decreased and our country is ...

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RBFF program gets boats back on the water

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) has concluded its 2021 Boat Registration Reactivation Program having mailed over 436,000 letters to lapsed boat registrants and averaging a 10.11% response rate across 17 states. In its tenth year, the program re-registered 39,278 boats through direct mail outreach, grossing $1,491,754.90 in program registration fees for states.  "After tremendous gains in boating participation and ownership last year, it was critical ...

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RBFF and DICK’s Sporting Goods host female anglers to encourage participation

Women continue to hit the water in droves with female angler participation at 19.7 million in 2020 – an all-time high. To continue evolving the fishing and boating community into a more inclusive space, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)’s Take Me Fishing campaign partnered with DICK’S Sporting Goods to host a group of influencers on a two-day outdoor excursion prior to ICAST ...

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Putting the “I” in ICAST

David Gee Boating Industry

By David Gee I came, I saw, I cast. Literally. Thousands of people recently descended upon the Orlando Convention Center for ICAST 2021, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. It’s the premier showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel, and helps to drive recreational fishing sales. And sales are up, way up, and that’s no fish story. ...

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RBFF debuts 2021 Special Report on Fishing

Recreational fishing and boating continues to reach new and diverse audiences according to a new industry study from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The 2021 Special Report on Fishing found that: 19.7 million females went fishing in 2020, a 10% participation increase in comparison with 2019. Youth and adolescent fishing skyrocketed last year, with 13.5 million youth ages 6 to 17 hitting the ...

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Wellness is the focus of National Fishing and Boating Week ‘Get On Board’ Campaign

A new study from Take Me Fishing and Discover Boating uncovers a wellness deficit in America as recreational activities begin reopening amid improving public health conditions. Based on the findings, the two outdoor recreation organizations are launching their summer-long Get On Board campaign this National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 5 through 13, to help Americans from all walks of life fill their wellness deficits by experiencing the ...

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