The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Sports

February 17, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Public invited to comment on proposals

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Recreational boating

A new component of the CSF report this year is the inclusion of details on the recreational boating industry. Research from the National Marine Manufacturers Association shows that more than one million boats changed hands in 2011 with sales of all watercraft (including sail boats, personal water craft, etc.), totaling $15 billion.

In addition, 83 million adults in the U.S. participated in recreational boating that year.

“NMMA is pleased to see the uptick in participation not just within the recreational boating and fishing industries, but in outdoor activities as a whole,” NMMA Legislative Director Jim Currie said. “Not only do these activities contribute to the economies of small businesses, they ensure that tax dollars are allocated towards important conservation efforts that will keep our waterways, parks and lands available enjoyable for years to come.”

Conservationists

Beyond the impact to businesses and local economies, sportsmen and women are the leaders in protecting fish and wildlife and their habitats.

When you combine license and stamp fees, motorboat fuels, excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment and membership contributions to conservation organizations, hunters and anglers directed $3 billion towards on-the-ground conservation and restoration efforts in 2011 — that is more than $95 every second.

This does not include their own habitat acquisition and restoration work for lands owned or leased for the purpose of hunting and fishing, which would add another $11 billion to the mix.

‘Steelheading Basics’  

Phil Hillman from the ODNR will cover Ohio’s steelhead program and discuss basic steelhead fishing techniques in a Wednesday, March 6 seminar from 7-9 p.m. The location of the seminar is Wildlife District Three headquarters, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron.

While the seminar is free, pre-registration is required as spaces are limited. Please call Ken Fry, Division of Wildlife, at (330) 245-3030 to preregister or if you have questions. You can read more about Ohio’s steelhead program at www.wildohio.com.

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