U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced a $60 million cooperative agreement with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) to help retain and recruit recreational anglers and boaters of all ages.
Zinke is also announcing $14 million in Boating Infrastructure Grants (BIG), which support water-related outdoor recreation and tourism by improving facilities for large transient recreational boats across the country.
For the first time ever, the federal government has formally acknowledged the tremendous economic contribution of recreation boating and fishing.
In early February, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recognized the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Its report found that boating and fishing contributed $38.2 billion to the US economy in 2016.
Smoker Craft Inc., manufacturer of Starcraft, Starweld and Smoker Craft fishing boats, Starcraft Sylvan andf Sunchaser pontoons as well as Starcraft fiberglass runabouts and surf boats, is proud to announce that it has been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) by winning 2018 CSI Awards for pontoons, fiberglass deckboats, and aluminum outboard fishing boats. The award is given to manufactures that score above 90% from thou
Lew's Holdings Corporation, manufacturers of the Lew's brand of rods and reels, has acquired Strike King Lure Company, a leading supplier of branded fishing lures, sunglasses, and other fishing accessories.