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Anglers Asked to Vote for Top 100 U.S. Fishing Spots
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is soliciting votes for the 2015 edition of its “America’s Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots Sweepstakes.” Persons who register on the RBFF’s website are allowed to vote for up to three of their favorite destinations from a list of 276 nominated places. Fishing spots with the most votes will be placed on the list of 2015 America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots, which will used to help promote National Fishing and Boating Week in June. Those entering the sweepstakes have a chance to win a weekly prize, while a grand prize winner will receive a trip to Disney World.
“Last year’s sweepstakes was a huge success among families and outdoor enthusiasts. The campaign brings back memories on the water and highlights how fishing and boating is a great activity for all,” said RBFF President and CEO, Frank Peterson, in a written statement.
Feds Approve Three Options for Ocean Salmon Quotas
The Pacific Fishery Management Council last week approved three options for new ocean salmon quotas, the News Tribune reports.
All three options would lower the coho catch quota from 2014, while chinook quotas would stay the same or increase slightly.
The council will hold a hearing on March 30 in Westport with a final decision expected in April.
Orvis Announces Recreational Fishing Grants
Orvis has announced the recipients of its annual Customer Matching Grant program. Organizations received an Orvis Customer Matching Grant will have public donations matched by Orvis up to a designated amount. The recipients for 2015 include:
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) – Orvis will match up to $30,000 in donations directed toward the CBF’s Oyster Restoration Program.
- Rare – Orvis will match up to $30,000 in donations to Rare, which encourages communities in Belize to practice sustainable fisheries management.
- Petfinder Foundation – Orvis will match up to $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation, which works to promote adoption of shelter dogs.