Florida Keys free Kids' Fishing Clinic set for May 15
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Media contact: Mary Thomas (Reef Light Tackle), 305-872-7679; 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 Florida Keys Kids' Fishing
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC), Reef Light Tackle, Boy Scouts Sea Base, Fish
Florida and the Sport Fish Restoration Program will present a free
Kids' Fishing Clinic for children ages 4-16 on Saturday, May 15.
Registration will be 9 a.m. - noon.
The clinic will be at the Brinton Environmental
Center on Summerland Key.
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 provide
participants with a unique chance to experience Florida's marine
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 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
If conditions allow, participants will have the
opportunity to practice their new skills and fish from the marina.
This event is a photo catch-and-release activity, and all
participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Individuals or companies interested in helping
sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact Mary
Thomas at 305-872-7679 or Gus Cancro with the FWC at