Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs

Aquatic Resources and Sportfishing Education Program

"Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs" (HOFNOD) is an angling education program for youth. The program uses best management practices, public/private partnerships, and quality educational materials to effectively recruits anglers from all sectors of society who become responsible stewards of aquatic resources.

HOFNOD's mission to promote and educate the public about the sport of fishing, thereby, increasing participation in fishing and stewardship of aquatic resources. Its main goals are to teach about fishing skills, benefits of fishing, aquatic ecology and conservation, drug prevention and keeping kids drug free.

This angling education curriculum is administered by the Future Fisherman Foundation, the non-profit education arm of the American Sportfishing Association. In Florida, HOFNOD is coordinated by the Aquatic Resources and Sportfishing Education Program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Training workshops include topics such as:

  • Teaching and Learning Fishing Skills
  • Conducting a Fishing Clinic
  • Age-group Specific Activities and Lessons
  • Integrating the Curriculum to Education Goals
  • Teaching about Environmental Ethics and Conservation
  • Implementing and Expanding your Program
  • Resources Available for New Instructors
  • Meeting Federal and State Drug Prevention Criteria

Workshops consist of didactic and hands-on activities and can be presented in one full day. Participants receive the HOFNOD Instructor's Guide, the Fishing Clinic Instructor Guide, Kids Fishing Books for the students, and other support materials.

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For more information or to schedule a workshop please contact:

Steve Marshall
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Aquatic Resources and Sportfishing Education Program
e-mail: steve.marshall@MyFWC.com

For additional information, contact the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (850) 488-7068 or the Future Fisherman Foundation at (703) 519-9691.



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