Saltwater Outreach and Education Programs

For information on any of these programs, call 850-487-0554 or email  Kids learn to cast at Kids' Fishing Clinic

Kids' Saltwater Fishing Clinics

One-day educational events create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems.

Adult and Women's Saltwater Fishing Clinics

One-day educational events introduce fishing and responsible marine resource stewardship to adults and women.

Angler Recognition Programs External Website

Get rewarded for learning more about Florida’s diverse marine resources while adding to an exciting day out on the water. AnglerRecognitionSaltwater.jpg

Youth Saltwater Fish Camps

Local organizations can partner with FWC to provide youth saltwater fish camps. The program uses a 40-hour curriculum Adobe PDF designed to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems; teaching fundamental saltwater fishing skills while emphasizing ethical angling techniques for resource conservation; and providing children with a positive fishing experience. 

Nature Coast Fishing for Youth

One-day educational events in June and July for youth ages 5-15. Hosted every Tuesday and Thursday in Cedar Key with the goal of teaching Florida’s youth skills necessary to become an ethical angler and a steward for our marine resources. Topics covered include marine habitats, local saltwater fishes, regulations, knot tying, casting, fish handling and ends with a one-hour fishing opportunity. Each participant to complete the class will receive a free fishing pole. Learn more about the 2018 program.

Aquaculture in the Classroom

Florida schools have the opportunity to receive hatchery reared red drum for Marine Science and Aquaculture programs in the classroom. This gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about marine aquaculture and marine research while teaching them to become stewards of our natural resources.

Aquatic Species Collecting Certificates

This partnership between the Florida Marine Science Educators Association External Website (FMSEA) and the FWC provides educators with a special activity license that allows them to conduct educational field exercises and collect aquatic organisms for educational purposes. To receive the certificate, the educator must complete a two- to three-hour workshop highlighting both benefits and alternatives to the collection of aquatic species for use in the classroom. Workshops held throughout Florida. Collection methods, best management practices, and associated conditions and restrictions are discussed. Workshop is available to certified Florida teachers and/or employees of educational centers. 

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FWC Facts:
The scientific genus name of tarpon is Megalops - from the Greek adjective megalo meaning “large,” and the noun opsi, meaning “face.”

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