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Fernandina Beach free Kids' Fishing Clinic set for June 12

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Media contact: Marie Bucher (DEP), 904-277-7233; or Gus Cancro (FWC), 850-488-6058

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling an appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun family outing are the objectives for the Fernandina Beach Kids' Fishing Clinic.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Fish Florida, Fort Clinch State Park and the Sport Fish Restoration Program present a free Kids' Fishing Clinic for children ages 4-15 on Saturday, June 12. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will be at Fort Clinch State Park.

This free event will enable young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will give participants a unique chance to experience Florida's marine life firsthand.

Kids' Fishing Clinics strive toward several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. Also, the clinics aspire to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants with a positive fishing experience.

Fishing equipment and bait will be supplied for children to use during the clinic, but those who own fishing tackle are encouraged to bring it.  A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.

If conditions allow, participants will have the opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the pier. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity. An adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Marie Bucher with the DEP at 904-277-7233 or Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.

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