house resolution no.313

Reps. Roth, Allor, Rogers, Markkanen, Borton, Cherry and Maddock offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare June 4-11, 2022, as Boating and Fishing Week in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Michigan is home to more than 800,000 registered boats and an estimated 600,000 non-registered canoes and kayaks. Michigan is also home to an estimated 4 million boating enthusiasts, and

Whereas, Michigan ranks third nationally in boating registration and ranks as the third largest boating market in the country; and

Whereas, Recreational boating has an annual $7.8 billion impact on the stateís economy and the boating industry provides more than 58,000 jobs in Michigan; and

Whereas, In Michigan, recreational boaters are never farther than 6 miles from a lake or stream. Michigan has 11,037 inland lakes and ponds and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams; and

Whereas, Michigan has 1,300 public access sites, more than 1000 marinas, and 80 Harbors of Refuge available for boaters to launch and or store their vessels; and

Whereas, Michigan has 3,288 miles of Great Lakes shoreline which exceeds that of the United States Atlantic general coastline of 2,069 miles; and

Whereas, Michiganís Harbors program provides that boaters are never more than 30 miles from a safe harbor when boating Michiganís Great Lakes shoreline; and

Whereas, Michiganís varied water surfaces are home to 154 species of fish which enhance the incredible range of freshwater boating experiences for all types and sizes of recreational watercraft; and

Whereas, Fifty percent of all boating activity is fishing-related. Boating and fishing are recreational activities open to individuals of any age and agility; and

Whereas, Boating and fishing offer a safe, outdoor, recreational opportunity to commune with nature, destress, and spend quality time with friends and family making memories that last a lifetime; and

Whereas, Michigan Boating and Fishing Week is an opportunity for government to join forces with recreational boating associations, businesses, manufacturers, groups, organizations, clubs and citizens to promote boating and the abundance of freshwater resources Michigan has to offer its citizens and visitors; and

Whereas, 2022 celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Michigan State Waterways Commission and is to be honored by celebrating the deep connection between Michiganís maritime history and a commitment to the sustainability of the natural resources now and into the future; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare June 4Ė11, 2022, as Boating and† Fishing Week in the state of Michigan.