Letters to the Editor

Fish & Wildlife unites with Boat Show

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida works to ensure the conservation and enhancement of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources, so they can thrive for future generations. As chairman of this wonderful citizens’ organization and a proud Miamian, I’m pleased to launch a partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The NMMA is the operator of the Miami International Boat Show, which will celebrate its 75th year in our community Feb.11-15 at its new home at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin.

Boaters have a vested interest in protecting the nation’s waterways, and the NMMA has shown its commitment to protect and respect the environment. The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida appreciates NMMA’s leadership and contribution to the conservation community.

Over the decades at various locations in the area, the Miami International Boat Show has been a good neighbor and placed the utmost importance on compliance with environmental requirements. In its move to Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, it has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to meeting environmental standards associated with the new venue.

That’s why the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida will be on hand to promote the common goal of creating successive generations of Florida boaters and anglers who are knowledgeable, respectful stewards of our marine habitats. Attendees can learn about our popular Fishing Camp for Kids, Youth Conservation Camp and “I DO” campaign encouraging anglers to buy a fishing license. We’ll even be offering fishing licenses that Boat Show attendees can buy on site.

I invite you to join us at the Miami International Boat Show in February to learn more about our conservation efforts and how you can do your part to preserve Florida’s precious waters for the future enjoyment of all.

Rodney Barreto, chairman, FWFF, Tallahassee