House chairmen applaud designation of ‘Fishing and Boating Week’ in Pa.

HARRISBURG, June 5 – In an effort to encourage participation in fishing and boating activities, the state House today unanimously passed a resolution designating the week of June 1 through June 9 as “Fishing and Boating Week”, according to state Reps. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, and Keith Gillespie, R-York.

“Fishing and boating opportunities are endless in our great state, and it’s a wonderful and affordable way for families to spend time together outdoors and make great memories,” Kortz said. “These fun activities also help protect our state’s waterways and fisheries, preserving them for future generations to enjoy.”

“When President Herbert Hoover called fishing ‘much more than fish,’ he hit the nail on the head,” Gillespie said. “While it is a sport which requires a great deal of patience on the part of the individual, its enjoyment can be realized in groups of people, be they friends, family, or a mix of both. Fishing can be thoroughly relaxing or highly competitive in offering something for all ages and levels of skill.”

“With 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, and hundreds of natural and manmade lakes across the commonwealth, new adventures are always waiting right around the corner,” said Tim Schaeffer, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission director. “Thank you to the House of Representatives for their support of Pennsylvania’s anglers and boaters. With our continued partnerships, we will continue to protect, conserve and enhance the natural aquatic resources that we can all appreciate and enjoy.”

This week marks the 40th anniversary of “National Fishing and Boating Week”, which began as a way to promote and encourage fishing and outdoor conservation among youth. As of 2017, more than 49 million Americans have participated in fishing, according to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

For information on fishing and boating, including fishing licenses, boating safety and more, residents can visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website at www.fishandboat.com