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Oct 26, 2021

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) President and CEO Frank Peterson announced he will step down as President and CEO on December 31, 2021, and will retire on February 28, 2022....

Oct 25, 2021

The Get on Board campaign, the first-of-its-kind industry-wide collaboration between RBFF's Take Me Fishing and NMMA and MRAA's Discover Boating continued to make waves this summer. “Supported...

Oct 13, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, VA (October 13, 2021) – As part of its continual commitment to democratize the boating experience, Brunswick Corporation has made a sizable donation to the George H.W. Bush Vamos A...

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Fast Facts

55 Million Fishing Participants Highest Participation in 14 years

4.4 Million New participants

9 MillionReactivated participants

19.7 MillionFemale Participants, an all-time High

4.8 Million Hispanic participants, an 8% increase since 2019

13.5 MillionYouth participants, up 2 million from 2019

969 Million Fishing outings, a 90M yearly increase

88%Of current participants started fishing before age 12

41% Crossover participation with camping


RBFF In The News
Jan 25, 2022
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
Commissioners approved an R3 Education Grant in the amount of $150,000 to Venture Outdoors of Pittsburgh to support the establishment of a First Catch Center pilot program for Pittsburgh. First Catch Centers are a concept of RBFF designed to provide fishing and boating experiences in urban communities.
Jan 25, 2022
Sport Fishing Magazine
Sport Fishing Executive Editor Chris Woodward talks women in fishing with Stephanie Vatalaro of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and Sarah Harper Burke with Shimano North America Fishing.
Oct 26, 2021
Associated Press
RBFF's Frank Peterson announced he will step down as President and CEO on December 31, 2021, and will retire on February 28, 2022. Peterson’s retirement comes as RBFF continues its mission to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing, thereby helping to conserve and restore aquatic natural resources throughout the U.S.

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The Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report provides a detailed look at RBFF’s projects and accomplishments during the 2021 fiscal year. From milestones reached by our boating and fishing initiatives to our industry and state agency partnerships, the report highlights the progress made by RBFF over the past year and takes a look ahead at our goals and plans for the coming year.