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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Congresswoman Beatty Introduces National Fishing and Boating Week Resolution

Jun 8, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Beatty Introduces National Fishing and Boating Week Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC—This month, as millions of Americans celebrate Great Outdoors Month, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14) introduced H.Res. 871, a resolution to designate the week of June 2, 2018 through June 10, 2018 as National Fishing and Boating Week.

“As a longtime boating enthusiast, I know firsthand the boating industry’s positive impact on our economy,” Beatty said. “From the 34,000 business and nearly 650,000 American jobs the industry supports, to the more than $121 billion it generates in economic spending, there is no doubt that a thriving boating industry leads to a stronger national economy.” Beatty continued, “That is why I am proud to help lead the effort in Congress, working with the bipartisan Congressional Boating Caucus, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and many other stakeholders, to establish National Fishing and Boating Week.”  

In addition to the significant economic impact of the recreational boating industry, it is important to note that more than 95 percent of boats sold in the United States are made domestically by approximately 1,400 American marine manufacturers, using materials and services from all 50 states.

Lending his support for National Fishing and Boating Week, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President Thom Dammrich said, “Thanks to the leadership of Representative Joyce and Representative Beatty, and support from Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs, Representative Lois Frankel and Representative Tom MacArthur, Congress is acknowledging the importance of each and every one of America’s 142 million recreational boaters.” Dammrich continued, “From boats and fishing gear to marinas and dealerships, we are proud of the impact recreational boating and fishing have on people’s lives, and are grateful to be formally recognized for it by Congress. As the summer boating and fishing season kicks off, we’re eager to continue working with Members of Congress to ensure our industry remains a positive force in support of the economy, outdoor recreation, and our nation’s waterways.”

During National Fishing and Boating Week, we celebrate the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing and preserving our country’s system of lakes, rivers, and streams.  In conjunction, most states offer free fishing days, during which anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. For more information and to find free fishing days in the State of Ohio, please visit