“As we continue to grow the number of anglers and boaters in our nation and look to retain those who picked up the sport in 2020, it’s essential we include people on our board like Rick who understand the role we play in protecting and preserving our aquatic environment,” said RBFF President & CEO Frank Peterson.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (January 26, 2021) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced an addition to its Board of Directors. Rick Jacobson, the Bureau Chief for Fisheries, Forests and Wildlife at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, brings over 30 years of restoration and conservation experience to the board as RBFF engages in a final push to reach its 60 in 60 goal.
“As we continue to grow the number of anglers and boaters in our nation and look to retain those who picked up the sport in 2020, it’s essential we include people on our board like Rick who understand the role we play in protecting and preserving our aquatic environment,” said RBFF President & CEO Frank Peterson. “Rick’s experience and knowledge will prove to be valuable resources for us, and we are excited to see what we can achieve moving forward with him and our board.”
Rick is acutely aware of the importance of RBFF’s mission, having worked extensively on the restoration and conservation of riverine ecosystems and the recovery of imperiled species. In addition to serving in leadership positions for a variety of fishing and wildlife councils, he has edited and co-authored works on instream flow science and natural resource management. A current Doctoral Candidate at the University of Connecticut, he continues his research on multidimensional modeling in fisheries conservation while also serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
The RBFF Board of Directors is made up of individuals representing all facets of the fishing and boating industries, along with state agency organizations. The full list of 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, TakeMeFishing.org and TakeMeFishing.org/es, 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.