Friday, April 27, 2007

Boating Safety Aimed at Anglers - From Coast Guard Waypoints

Anglers Whether an angler prefers fishing for bass, salmon, or trout, one thing’s for sure: it’s important to pay attention to safety when trying to haul anything on board. The U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that, approximately 25 percent of recreational boating deaths were related to vessels that were engaged in fishing activity. According to Jeff Hoedt, Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety, “Boating safety among anglers is a very important outreach initiative. All of us in the collective boating community must take a role in making sure that the estimated 19.5 million anglers on our waterways understand the potential hazards of angling while boating—and how to avoid them.” (From the 2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation survey, available at, p. 83.)

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