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RBFF Welcomes Eric Sutton to Board of Directors
Foundation that promotes fishing and boating adds more state agency expertise to its Board

ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 30, 2019) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation today announced the addition of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Executive Director, Eric Sutton to its Board of Directors. Sutton brings over 20 years of expertise in public land management in both the government and private sector.

Starting as Assistant Executive at FWC in 2013 and appointed to Executive Director in 2017, Sutton has worked tirelessly to manage the fish and wildlife resources of Florida. Sutton studied at the University of South Florida, where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in zoology, focusing his work on endangered species population biology.

“With it being the sportfishing capital of the United States, we are pleased to have such strong representation from Florida on our Board,” said RBFF President & CEO Frank Peterson. “Eric is dedicated to conserving the fishing and boating opportunities in his home state, and we look forward to working together to grow the sport across the U.S.”

Sutton is eager to begin contributing to the RBFF Board of Directors, stating he’s “honored and excited to represent states on the RBFF Board. Fishing and boating are a critical link to the outdoors and the conservation of our fish and wildlife resources.”

The RBFF Board of Directors is made up of 24 individuals who have been appointed by RBFF and industry and state agency organizations. The full list of RBFF Board of Directors members is available online.


About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)

RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation's aquatic natural resources. RBFF's recently announced 60-in-60 effort strives to attract 60 million anglers to the sport by the end of 2021. To help recruit, retain and reactivate participants, RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns creating awareness about boating, fishing and conservation, and educating people about the benefits of participation. These campaigns help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, and, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.

For further information: David Rodgers,, 703-253-7268