***31st Annual Freeport Forum & Auction on February 14-16, 2014***
The New York Sportfishing Federation is happy to announced that our annual ‘Forum & Auction’ – also known as The Freeport Show – returns to the Freeport Recreation Center on Long Island from February 14th through the 16th, 2014.Show hours are 2pm-6pm on Friday, February 14th, from 8am-6pm on Saturday, February 15th, and from 9am-2:30pm on Sunday, February 16th. The 31st Annual ‘Freeport Auction’ of fishing tackle, gear and trips will take place on Sunday at 2:30. Click here for more information on the show including a list of 2014 vendors and the 2014 seminar line-up.
Established in 1981, New York Sportfishing Federation is a not-for-profit organization recognized as the voice of the recreational fishing community in New York State. Through the dedicated efforts of our volunteers, the Federation works to unite the varied interests of New York’s recreational fishing community, bringing together the views and concerns of all recreational users and business owners throughout the marine district.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2006 survey), there are approximately 291,000 saltwater anglers in New York, 238,000 state residents and another 52,000 out-of-state visitors. New York ranks 9th among coastal states in overall retail sales in saltwater sportfishing with over $373 million in saltwater tackle sales, with total annual salaries, wages and business earnings said to exceed $220 million.
Saltwater anglers fish a total of 3.95 million days in New York according to the USFWS 2006 data, with each angler 16 and older estimated to spend an average of $1,151 each year on sportfishing, with $219 spent on food and lodging, $137 on transportation expenses, and roughly $795 a year directly on fishing equipment and services.
The recreational fishing community in New York helps drive the state economy, supporting from 6,400 to 10,600 jobs and generating more than $49 million a year in state and local tax revenue. For over 30 years, New York Sportfishing Federation has represented the collective voice of this community.
Members of the New York Sportfishing Federation are dedicated to preserving the marine habitat andmaintaining the bio-diversity of our marine resources, through sound management practices, regulations, and laws, while promoting Sportfishing, educating youngsters on stewardship and education through public awareness.
From Montauk to Manhattan, Staten Island to Gardiner’s Island, on across the Sound to Mamaroneck and City Island, New York Sportfishing Federation works to unite the recreational fishing community with a single voice. From bottom fishermen to canyon runners, kayak and cartoppers to surfcasters, New York Sportfishing Federation members represent diverse backgrounds and work in unison to help protect and preserve access for all saltwater anglers.
Every year during President’s Day Weekend, New York Sportfishing Federation hosts an annual Forum and Auction bringing together some of the top tackle retailers, outfitters, guides, clubs and organizations from throughout New York under one roof at the Freeport Recreation Center. The ’Freeport Show’ typically sees over 2,000 anglers through the front door each year, with monies raised going towards a programs designed to support the New York Sportfishing Federation mission, including our Teach A Kid To Fish (TAKTF) program and other worthwhile charitable efforts to promote sportfishing opportunities throughout the region.
You’re also invited to Join NYSF in person when the Board of Directors meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Sport Fishing Education Center, Cedar Beach Marina on Ocean Parkway, Babylon, NY.