This program is dedicated to attracting more women to sport fishing and to promoting conservation and responsible angling. Founded in 1997 by Betty Bauman of Ft. Lauderdale, LLGF has reached over 5,000 women interested in fishing. This organization sponsors weekend seminars that teach women various fishing techniques at beginner and advanced levels. Seminars offer a range of experiences including: classes on inshore, offshore, bottom, and fly fishing.
Cedar Key Aquatic Education Programs
The Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab located in Cedar Key offers two outreach programs to group organizations and the general public. Nature Coast Fishing for Youth (NCFY) is a free, one day program offered in July for youth ages 6-16. All students learn the fundamentals of catch and release fishing, marine habitat identification, and fishing from a pier.
Field studies programs are free, one day programs held on the island of Atsena Otie which is less than a mile from Cedar Key. A local boat captain drops students off at 10 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m. Students will learn about water quality, how to seine, identify fish, and more!
The Fish, Invertebrates and Saltwater Habitat (F.I.S.H.) Trailer
The F.I.S.H. trailer is a portable exhibit of Florida’s four primary marine habitats and a touch tank. The four habitat displays include: coral reefs; beaches and sand dunes; oysters, seagrasses and mangroves; and a typical salt marsh. The tanks have imitation habitats with live fish and invertebrates. The touch tank features invertebrates found throughout Florida’s inshore waters. Animals in the touch tank can be handled to educate the participants. The more aggressive animals in the touch tank are in clear plastic containers so they can be safely viewed by participants.
Aquatic Species Collecting Certificate Program
The FWC has partnered with The Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) to provide a certification program for the educational community to conduct activities with aquatic organisms. This project is designed to assist educators by teaching them the best management practices for the collection and maintenance of aquatic organisms. In partnership with FMSEA, this is accomplished by educators attending a collection certification workshop.
Aquaculture in the Classroom
Florida schools have the opportunity to receive hatchery reared red drum for Marine Science and Aquaculture programs in the classroom. This gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about marine aquaculture and marine research while teaching them to become stewards of our natural resources.