RBFF Position Statement

Fishing and Boating During COVID-19 Concerns

Outdoor activities such as boating and fishing bring families, friends and communities together. At this time, coming together is more important than ever, but also more challenging. The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation recognizes the unprecedented challenges Americans face surrounding the COVID-19.

The health and wellbeing of all current and future anglers and boaters is RBFF’s top priority. The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to questions about how to safely enjoy outdoor activities such as boating and fishing. Guidelines from the CDC and state and local departments of health are rapidly changing in response to this issue. While outdoor activities are still encouraged in many areas, a growing number of states have issued Shelter-in-Place or Stay-at-Home orders which may mean access to the water is discouraged or prohibited. As you plan your next fishing or boating adventure, please confirm beforehand that your preferred spot remains open to the public.

Always consider your health and wellbeing as well as that of others before visiting a fishing or boating spot.

Following are additional reminders if you plan on fishing or boating. Follow your local, state and CDC guidelines for the most updated information:

  • Keep a six-foot social distance between yourself and others.
  • Do not touch public surfaces such as benches, railings or water fountains.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after fishing and after touching any public surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19

We look forward to a time when we can all return to the water together. Until that time, we remain committed to spreading the joy of fishing and boating to all ages, genders and cultures and envision one nation united in our passion for fishing and boating.