Actress Jane Seymour honorary chairperson
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) has announced that award-winning actress Jane Seymour will serve as honorary chairperson of the sixth annual National Fishing and Boating Week , June 3-11. While Seymour is well-known for her parts on stage and screen, few people know that she is also an avid angler. Seymour will help RBFF promote the many benefits of fishing and boating and encourage more American families to get on the water this summer.

"I'm excited to help RBFF because I really believe that fishing is an excellent way for families to spend time together," says Seymour, the mother of four children and two stepchildren. "I know it's had a positive effect on my family, and I would not trade anything for the time I spend with my husband and children fishing and boating. I'm looking forward to sharing our experiences and encouraging others to take their families and friends boating and fishing."

Perhaps best known for her starring role on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," for which she won a Golden Globe® Award, Seymour also won a Golden Globe for her performance in the mini-series "East of Eden" and an Emmy® for her role as Maria Callas in "Onassis: The Richest Man in the World." She currently stars in the WB sitcom "Modern Men." Seymour's interest in fishing began with her marriage to director/producer James Keach. An avid angler, Keach encouraged Seymour to learn to fish with him. Since that time, fishing has been a favorite activity for Seymour, Keach, and their children.

During National Fishing and Boating Week, communities across the country will host an estimated 2,000 events, each designed to give families the opportunity to enjoy these great pastimes. These events give parents an outdoor activity the entire family can enjoy. RBFF research shows that fishing can help connect kids with nature and improve family communication.

Not only is fishing good for families, but participation is critical to maintaining healthy and productive aquatic environments. The money generated from fishing licenses and special taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel funds approximately 83 percent of state fisheries management budgets. These funds ensure that fishery resources are well-managed, accessible, and conserved for future generations.

For more information about National Fishing and Boating Week and a schedule of fishing and boating events, visit on the internet or contact the nearest Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks office.