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Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning and fun

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525

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

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 4 and 16 on Saturday, March 24. The clinic will take place at Fort Clinch State Park, from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registrationis not required.

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

Kids’ Fishing Clinics strive for several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine-resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems. In addition, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.

Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle 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, and an adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call FWC’s Nancy Fisher at 850-488-6058.

To find out more about taking a kid fishing, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing.



FWC Facts:
Divers must make reasonable efforts to stay within 300 feet of a divers-down flag on open waters and within 100 feet of a flag within rivers, inlets or navigation channels.

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