ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 25, 2008) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced they will participate in National Casting Call on Monday, April 28, 2008 in Washington, D.C. at Fletchers’ Cove, C&O Canal National Historical Park. RBFF President Frank Peterson and staff will be available to discuss the importance of conserving our nation’s waterways and introducing newcomers to boating and fishing through Anglers’ Legacy, a program that encourages avid anglers to "Take the Pledge" – a promise to take one new person fishing each year. Since its inception in May 2006, RBFF has collected more than 50,000 Pledges.
Hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), National Casting Call provides an opportunity for the public to fish the canal with instruction by industry experts. The event also offers the nation’s top decision makers the opportunity to learn firsthand about the value of fisheries management and the importance of public, private and educational entities working together to improve the health of our watersheds and fisheries.
“RBFF is happy to be supporting this year’s National Casting Call, a day that spotlights the importance of protecting our nation’s waterways and fisheries,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “We know firsthand through our Anglers’ Legacy program and State Direct Mail Marketing Program that solid partnerships help to preserve the future of boating and fishing.”
Onshore activities throughout the day will include fly tying demonstrations, displays from some of the nation’s top conservation organizations, a drift boat dedication for Project Healing Waters and recognition of local students who have participated in shad restoration on the Potomac.
If you’d like to set up a one-on-one meeting or interview at National Casting Call, e-mail RBFF Communications Manager Helena Basche or call her at (609) 226-7577.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing campaign and Anglers’ Legacy.