• About RBFF


    Our Mission

    The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating and thereby increase public awareness and appreciation of the need to protect, conserve and restore this nation's aquatic natural resources.

    Our Tools

    RBFF has developed a wide variety of programs and products that make it easy for people to get involved in recreational boating and fishing.  Under their national Take Me Fishing™ campaign RBFF provides the tools to help people get started.  They also remind lapsed boaters and anglers — people who enjoy the sport but no longer participate — about the joy they’ve been missing.

    RBFF’s centerpiece, TakeMeFishing.org, is the key destination for individuals to learn, plan, and equip for a day on the water.  Whether it’s planning a trip, exploring their dream boat, buying a fishing license or checking out the latest equipment, TakeMeFishing.org is the most comprehensive boating and fishing website available nationwide.

    Our Record

    Every year, RBFF gives millions of people – from elementary school students to great-grandparents – the information, encouragement, opportunity, materials and education they need to go fishing and boating and to be good environmental stewards while doing so.  In doing so, RBFF helps generate millions of dollars for the boating and fishing industry and wildlife and natural resource conservation.

    How RBFF Got Its Start

    The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. RBFF was officially established in 1998. But its story, on the other hand, began well before then.

    It started in hearings and at meetings on Capitol Hill, where industry, conservation and public policy leaders were concerned that boaters and anglers were spending less and less time on the water. It appeared that many people were forgetting — or had never experienced — how recreational boating and fishing could enrich their lives.

    And so, when Congress passed the Sport Fishing and Boating Safety Act in 1998, it required the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior to implement a national outreach and communication plan to address recreational boating and fishing participation and aquatic resource stewardship. The Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC) developed the plan and RBFF was created to carry it out — ensuring the legacies of boating, sport fishing and aquatic resource stewardship are never lost.

    RBFF's offices are located at:  

    500 Montgomery Street, Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    Phone: (703) 519-0013
    E-mail: info@takemefishing.orgor use our " Contact Us" form

    For Media Inquiries please contact RBFF Director of Communications, Stephanie Vatalaro at svatalaro@rbff.org or 703-778-5156. Please visit our Press Room for the latest news about the Take Me Fishing campaign and other RBFF initiatives.