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Naples Kids' Fishing Clinic set for April 24

News Release

Friday, April 16, 2010

Media contact: Laura Almand, (239) 213-1441 ext 203; or Gus Cancro (FWC), 850-488-6058

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling an appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun, family outing are the objectives for the Naples Kids' Fishing Clinic.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Foundation of Marine Industries Association of Collier County Inc., the Sport Fish Restoration Program and Fish Florida will present a free Kids' Fishing Clinic for children age 4-16 on Saturday, April 24. Registration will be 9 a.m. - noon. The clinic will be at the Naples City Fishing Pier.

This free event will enable young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays will provide participants with a unique chance to experience Florida's marine life firsthand.

Kids' Fishing Clinics strive toward several goals, but the main objective is to create responsible marine resource stewards by teaching children about the vulnerability of Florida's marine ecosystems. Also, the clinics aspire to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants with a positive fishing experience.

Fishing equipment and bait will be supplied for children to use during the clinic, but those who own fishing tackle are encouraged 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, and an adult must accompany all participants.

Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Laura Almand at 239-213-1441, ext. 203, or Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.



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