Women's Fishing Clinics (WFCs) are a new program established by the Outreach and Education section of the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
These clinics are a one-day, shore based event designed to introduce women to saltwater fishing and educate participants on how to be responsible, ethical stewards of Florida's marine resources. Programs are free to the public 18 years or older, and require a fishing license to attend.
A variety of skill stations and lecture topics are offered and include Inshore Fishing, Cast Netting, Knot Tying, Conservation and more. The day ends with an opportunity for all participants to put their newly learned skills to work as they fish from shore. Participants may borrow fishing gear from the FWC but are encouraged to bring their own equipment.
Women's Fishing Clinics launched in 2010 and FWC is currently working on expanding the program. These clinics are currently offered in the Cedar Key, Crystal River, Sebastian, Panama City and Jacksonville areas. To learn more about WFCs, please contact the Division of Marine Fisheries Management Outreach and Education at (850) 487-0554.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's involvement is funded in part by money from the Sport Fish Restoration Program. This national program collects money from excise taxes on fishing equipment, import duties on fishing equipment and boats, and taxes on motorboat and small-engine fuels.