Parimal M. Rohit
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Sept. 26, 2015, was recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Day thanks to a proclamation signed by Pres. Barack Obama to commemorate recreational fishing and hunting in the United States.
Obama, in his proclamation, recognized fishing as an economic contributor and integral element of the nation’s traditions and mores.
“For centuries, Americans have passed down a love of hunting and fishing to their kids and grandkids, advancing our Nation’s independent, pioneering spirit with each generation,” Obama said in his proclamation. “To many these sports represent centuries—old traditions—and to others, they remain a way of life that reflects the resilience of our character. Hunting and fishing do not just strengthen our culture and the bonds we share—they also drive local economies across our country. These activities exemplify the crucial need for preserving our natural resources and fuel the livelihoods of many Americans.”
The proclamation also recognized conservation efforts.
“Conserving our … waterways requires the efforts of every American, and I am dedicated to ensuring our people can enjoy our natural bounties and engage in activities like fishing … for decades to come,” Obama stated in his proclamation. “Anglers and hunters of all ages enrich our communities and our environmental heritage.”
The full proclamation can be viewed here: 1.usa.gov/1j0V5gz.
California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) acknowledged National Hunting and Fishing Day just ahead of Obama’s proclamation, noting the state features more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 4,172 lakes and reservoirs, 80 major rivers and 1,100 miles of coastline home to hundreds of fish and shellfish species.
“Fish production is also an important activity of [DFW], which in 2014 produced 2.5 million pounds of trout for recreational angling,” a DFW spokesperson stated. “[DFW] issued 1.78 million fishing licenses [in 2014] and those licenses (including report cards and validations) generated $63 million in funding for fisheries management and protection. California also received $17.3 million in federal Sport Fish Restoration Grants in 2015.”