Upcoming events

  • No upcoming events

Featured AREA Members


Dedicated to promoting stewardship and responsible use of aquatic resources, fisheries and habitats.

Log in


  • July 15, 2020 5:25 AM | Anonymous

    Online Fishing License Assessment

    RBFF recently announced the findings of a new fishing license mystery shopper study, which shows promising gains made by states in their online license purchase process. Each year, more and more consumers are purchasing a broader range of goods and services online, as well as from mobile devices. The Online Fishing License Assessment was conducted to gain a better understanding of the current digital licensing landscape and track improvement and progress over time since the last research study in 2012.

    In the seven years since RBFF first conducted a study in the realm of online fishing license transactions, significant progress has been made, most notably:

  • June 29, 2020 1:39 PM | Anonymous

    The AREA 2020 Training Conference is rescheduled.
    AREA 2021 IS October 10 - 14, 2021.
    Check back for Details and Registration.
    Registration Open JUNE 1, 2021.

  • June 25, 2020 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Education Section Chief position open in Pratt, KS working for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. 

    Beginning annual salary, $70,077/year; group health and life insurance; retirement; optional deferred compensation, dental and vision options; holidays; and sick, vacation, and parental leave. 

    The position is responsible for directing all aspects of the department’s R3 and wildlife education programs. R3 – recruitment, retention and reactivation – is a relatively new, critical program designed to ensure the survival of the state’s outdoor heritage and wildlife and fisheries conservation programs. The section chief supervises a full-time R3 coordinator position, overseeing department-wide R3 efforts that are directed at anglers, hunters and outdoor recreationists. The position also oversees delivery of statewide hunter, boater, wildlife and fur harvester education programs, supervising three full-time education program coordinators. Additional responsibilities include oversight of the operation of Milford, Pratt, and Southeast Kansas nature centers, including supervision of the Southeast Kansas Nature Center director. Other statewide programs delivered by section staff include Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Archery in the Schools, Student Air Rifle Program, EcoMeets, Outdoor Wildlife Learning Sites, advanced hunter education and outdoor skills events. This position will coordinate shooting range grants, prepare and monitor section budgets, and ensure education delivery and communication methods adapt and evolve with changing audience preferences and technology advancements.

    Details and How to apply at


  • June 25, 2020 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    PA Fish & Boat Commission Hiring R3 Coordinator

    "The R3 Coordinator will serve as the subject matter expert for the PFBC on strategies to recruit, retain, and reactivate (R3) anglers and boaters in Pennsylvania. The R3 Coordinator is directly responsible for creating new R3 strategies, as well as evaluating and enhancing existing R3 strategies within the PFBC to achieve internal goals and increase license sales. The R3 Coordinator will provide effective guidance and program management to both internal and external stakeholders regarding the PFBC's R3 programs and strategies, and will assist in the creation of a formal R3 Plan. The R3 Coordinator also assists with event planning, to include trainings, public and stakeholder meetings, workshops, and press events, as well as contributes content for the PFBC website, intranet, public emails, and social media pages. The best candidate for this position is a capable, experienced self-starter who is passionate about using appropriate data and industry best practices to effectively guide the PFBC in their R3 endeavors."

    Link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/2790549/aquatic-resources-program-specialist-r3-coordinator

  • June 22, 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous
    Vacancy graphic

    Career Vacancies

    To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.  For more information about FWS job opportunities and employee benefits, please visit our FWS Human Resources page.

  • June 22, 2020 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    Internships graphic


    Students interested in wildlife conservation and stewardship are encouraged to apply for our paid internships through our partnership organizations. Opportunities with FWS and other conservation agencies throughout the country can be found on the following partner's websites:

    *You will need to use the agency filter to see our internships offered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

  • June 15, 2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Moonfish: The First Warm-Blooded Fish 


  • June 12, 2020 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Available Now.

    Responsive Management recently partnered with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) on a major study to determine actionable strategies for angler participation and recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3). 
    As America continues to change demographically, attitudinally, and technologically, the R3 community must understand the implications in order to better address the needs of current and prospective anglers. With this in mind, RBFF and Responsive Management undertook substantial new human dimensions research to determine how fishing can stay relevant in a constantly evolving society.
    Click here for our newsletter highlighting study results.
    Funded under a Multistate Conservation Grant, the project entailed a scientific, probability-based nationally representative survey of more than 3,000 U.S. residents (including supplemental oversamples of African-Americans, Latinos, and Asian-Americans) and two series of focus groups, one with general population residents in a diverse set of locations across the country and the other with angler R3 professionals. In addition to providing an updated look at motivations, barriers, and interests among active, sporadic, lapsed, and non-anglers, the study examined the roles of social media, smartphone apps, and other innovations in angler participation and R3.

    Click here for an RBFF infographic based on the study results.

    Click here for an RBFF news release on the project.

    Click here for the full study report from Responsive Management.

    Mark Damian Duda
    Executive Director, Responsive Management
    Certified Wildlife Biologist ®
    130 Franklin Street. Harrisonburg, VA 22801. 540-432-1888. fax 540-432-1892

  • June 11, 2020 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    VA Refer A Friend to Fish Campaign Case Study

    "In 2019, the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (DGIF) launched the Refer-A-Friend To Fish campaign in April with the objective of motivating current licensed anglers in Virginia to recruit new people to fish. The VA DGIF also focused on improving the marketing strategy implemented earlier in 2018. This was done with social media advertising along with an earlier campaign launch l to coincide with the spring fishing season."

    Link to the study: https://nationalr3plan.mn.co/posts/va-refer-a-friend-to-fish-campaign-case-study

About us

Our organization leads the discussions for aquatic leaders. AREA is organized for educational purposes. AREA members include representatives of State, Federal, industry, fisheries and educational professionals involved in aquatic resource education programs. The nationwide non-profit Association is created to foster, promote and encourage aquatic education.

Become a member

Show your commitment to increase ARE effectiveness  -
  • Provide expertise regarding aquatic education issues, strategies and methodologies 
  • Provide an organized forum for discussion, deliberation, and resolution 
  • Support aquatic resource management programs 
  • Develop strategic plans for the future; provide organization and direction to AREA members 
  • Serve as a liaison between agencies, industry and state aquatic resource education coordinators
  • Promote education and wise-use management and conservation of aquatic resources and those recreational sports related to them

We invite you to browse our Web site and to support our goals by joining AREA.

Find us

Look at the Regional listing for your AREA Regional Representative.

For payment assistance, contact Treasurer Sarah Chabaane, Phone: 803-737-8483, Email: chabaanes@dnr.sc.gov

For member assistance, contact Member Support,  Carol Paterick, Phone: 301-805-0784, carolpaterick@gmail.com.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software