Over 3,000 Boaters Back on the Water in Florida thanks to RBFF

It’s back to boating for over 50,000 vessel owners with lapsed registrations thanks to the Alexandria, Virginia-headquartered Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Boat Registration Reactivation Program. The program saw letters sent to lapsed boat owners in 19 states, which resulted in a boost to program proceeds of nearly $1.9 with an estimated $145,000 in additional revenue from the Sportfish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Statistics show fishing is the number one activity done from a boat. In Florida alone, some 92,454 letters were mailed, which resulted in 3,505 registrations and gross program revenue of over $100,000.

“The Boat Registration Reactivation Program has encouraged thousands of boaters in Florida to renew their vessel registration so they can enjoy the many boating opportunities Florida has to offer,” says Brian Rehwinkel, education and outreach coordinator in the boating and waterways section of the law enforcement division for the Tallahassee, Florida-headquartered Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). “In addition, the vessel registration renewal fees generated by this program also help support boating safety education, boating access and waterway management.”

The RBFF is a national non-profit organization that works to increase participation in recreational boating and fishing. The FWC is a government agency that manages the states fish and wildlife. www.takemefishing.org, myfwc.com

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Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.