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Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943; or
Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the upcoming Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Panacea.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 on Saturday, April 21. The clinic will take place at Woolley Park on Mound Street 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. An adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should call Lori Nicholson at 850-925-6121 or the FWC’s Nancy Fisher at 850-487-0554.

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



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