Why 60 in 60

Increases in participation mean more customers for industry businesses, more fishing license and boat registration purchases, and more funds for states to protect our aquatic natural resources and the wildlife they sustain through fish stocking, habitat management, fish surveys and research, boat ramp management and more.

 

RBFF is committed to this goal but needs full support from state and industry stakeholders to reach the 60 million angler mark by the finish line of December 31, 2021.

Increasing fishing participation could also have a great positive impact on our industry and the economy overall:

  1. $500 million – the amount fishing license revenue could increase over the next five years by reaching 60 million.
  2. $35 billion – the possible annual increase in economic contributions as the result of 14 million new anglers.
  3. $10 billion – the possible annual increase in economic contributions as the result of the 7.5 million new boaters reaching 60 million anglers could produce.

1. Based on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service certified data; 2. Based on figures from the American Sportfishing Association’s “Sportfishing in America” report; 3. Based on figures from the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s 2014 “U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract” and “2012 Recreational Boating Economic Study”

Learn more about the progress that’s been made towards 60 in 60, and where we stand today.