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National Fishing and Boating Week Observances Attract Southeast Anglers


May 31, 2001

Diana Hawkins, (404) 679-7293

National fish hatcheries and wildlife refuges throughout the Southeast are expecting boaters and anglers of all ages to put out their gone fishin' signs next week to participate in National Fishing and Boating Week -- 2001.

"The week, June 1-10, begins with national kick-off activities in Washington, DC, followed by hundreds of local events in communities across the country. Events planned in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Carolinas, and Tennessee will provide 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," said Sam D. Hamilton, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southeast Regional Director.

"The Service enjoys hosting fishing and boating activities," Hamilton said. "They offer Americans an excellent opportunity to be reminded of the important economic, cultural and recreational contributions that this sport and our commercial fisheries have made to our nation. It also serves to remind us that the future health and productivity of our fisheries depends on effective conservation and management," he said, noting that fish not only provide sources of food and opportunities for recreation, but also serve as valuable indicators of the overall quality of the environment.

"Although families are busier than ever, Hamilton continued, we hope people will turn off their televisions, shut down their computers, and rediscover how recreational boating and fishing can offer meaningful, quality time to re-connect with family, friends, and the environment."

According to Bruce Matthews, President and CEO of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, studies show that today's families are facing many challenges when it comes to spending time together -- parents are overworked, children are over scheduled, and quality family time is a rare commodity. Figures reveal that during the past 20 years:

  • Children=s playtime has declined by 25 percent and unstructured outdoor activities have declined by 50 percent;
  • Family dinners have decreased by 33 percent; and,
  • Family vacations have decreased by 28 percent.
"Fishing and boating provides a positive experience that the entire family can enjoy together," Hamilton said, noting that studies indicate 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.
  • People who participate frequently in outdoor recreation are more satisfied with their lives overall.
Events planned for families, children and seniors, include fishing and boating festivals, educational events, boating demonstrations and many other hands-on activities for participants of all ages. From knot tying, to casting, to properly releasing your catch, National Fishing and Boating Week events will provide a fun, exciting, and enriching experience for the entire family. Those scheduled in the Southeast are shown below:

Station Date & Fishing
Time For more information, contact:
Bears Bluff NFH,
Wadmalaw Island, SC
2-Jun Kids fishing 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 843/559-2315
Chattahoochee Forest NFH, Suches, GA 4-May Phy. Challenged
2-Jun Kids fishing
8-Jun Seniors fishing
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dale Hollow, Celina, TN 9-Jun Kids Fishing 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 931/243-2443
Edenton NFH, Edenton, NC 9-Jun Kids Fishing
1-3 Jun Kids Fest Fishing Event
9:00 am - 12:00 pm 252/482-4118
Erwin NFH, Erwin, TN 2-Jun Kids Fishing 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 423/743-4712
Greers Ferry NFH, Heber Springs, AR 9-Jun Kids Fishing 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 501/362-3615
Mammoth Spring, Mammoth Spring, AR 4-8 Jun Poster Contest N/A 879/625-3912
Natchitoches NFH, Natchitoches, LA 10-Jun Poster Contest 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 318/352-5324
Norfork NFH, Mountain Home, AR 9-Jun Kids Fishing 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 870-499-5255
Orangeburg NFH, Orangeburg, SC 9-Jun Kids Fishing 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 803-534-4828
Panama City Fisheries Resources Office, Panama City, FL 9-Jun Kids Fishing 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 850/769-0552
Pvt. John Allen NFH, Tupelo, MS 2-Jun Kids Fishing 8:00 am - 10:00 pm 662-842-1341
Warm Springs RFC, Warm Springs, GA 9-Jun Kids Fishing 8:00am - 11:00 pm 706/655-3382
Welaka NFH, Welaka, FL 23-Jun Kids Fishing 6:30 am - 9:00 pm 904/467-2374
Wolf Creek NFH, Jamestown, KY 2-Jun Kids Fishing 6:30 am - 9:00 pm 270/343-3797
Cross Creeks NWR, Dover, TN 15-Jun Kids Fishing, Earth camp 9:00 am - 3:00 pm 931-232-7477
Reelfoot Lake NWR, Union City, TN 2-Jun Kids Fishing 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 901/538-2481
J.N. Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel, FL 2-Jun Kids Fishing/charter boat
9-Jun Kids Fishing/charter boat
N/A 941/472-1100
A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR, Boynton Beach, FL 9-Jun Kids Fishing 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 561/732-3684
Felsenthall NWR, Crossett, AR 9-Jun Kids Fishing 7:00 am - 12:00 pm 870/364-3167
White River NWR, DeWitt, AR 9-Jun Kids Fishing 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 870/946-1468

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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