The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) recognizes that recreational fishing is an
important American tradition that provides life-shaping experiences
for children of all ages. We want to help make it safe and
easy for Floridians to go fishing to ensure this heritage is passed
on to future generations. Few memories stick out in our minds
as clearly as catching our first fish, and who we were with when we
caught it. The reason is simple - the pure joy of the
experience and being with someone who cares enough to take time to
go fishing together.
The future of our resources is in the hands of our
youth and in the vision and commitment of the parents, extended
family, teachers and friends, who help to mold their ideals and
values. Recreational fishing is an American tradition as old
as the country and has long been valued for the peace and
tranquility that it can provide to all those who wish to escape the
pressures of life for a few blissful hours. Fishing also
provides the opportunity to spend quality time in a peaceful
non-intimidating setting talking and reconnecting with family and
friends. As fishing skills develop, a level of
self-confidence is attained and organizational and planning
challenges are met.
In addition, it is our belief that children and
adults who spend time recreating in the outdoors and communing with
nature learn to love and understand our fragile environment.
They become more interested in knowing the role that they
play in conserving and enhancing our resources. With that
knowledge, they may become better stewards of our resources making
more informed choices about their daily activities that affect the
environment and helping to influence others to cherish and enhance
our natural heritage.
Florida is the "Fishing Capital of the
World." The accolade is well-deserved, because Florida is far
and away, the number-one recreational fishing destination in North
America. With 3 million acres of lakes and ponds,
12,000 miles of rivers and streams and more than 8,000 miles of
coastline, you are always close to good fishing.
The FWC is actively providing opportunities, skills
and resources to help parents and guardians to "take a kid
fishing." This Web site will answer your questions about
taking a kid fishing--you'll learn the why, what, when, where and
how. We also provide some options for what to do when
you can't be fishing to help your child learn more and remember
their last trip.