National Fishing and Boating Week celebrates two of America’s favorite outdoor activities by highlighting some of the many fishing and boating opportunities available across the country during the first full week of June each year.

The weeklong recognition was started by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program and coincides with most states’ free fishing days.

Boating and fishing are fun, stress-relieving activities that can be enjoyed with family and friends year-round. From connecting with loved ones to destressing after a busy week, boating and fishing help to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Additionally, a portion of the revenue generated by the sale of fishing licenses is federally matched nearly three to one to fund freshwater and saltwater finfish conservation efforts and boating access improvements in Alabama.

If you’ve never been fishing before, it’s easy to get started. For fishing tips and more, visit www.outdooralabama.com/freshwater-fishing/fishing-tipsor www.outdooralabama.com/saltwater-fishing/saltwater-fishing-tips.

With the exception of Free Fishing Day (June 8), make sure to purchase a fishing license before your fishing trip. Licenses are available at various outdoors retailers throughout the state or online at www.outdooralabama.com/license-information.

Boaters and anglers are reminded to practice safety on the water during National Fishing and Boating Week, including wearing a lifejacket. For more safe boating tips, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com.

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