Panacea free Kids' Fishing Clinic set for May 8
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Media contact: David Moody (USFWS), 850-925-6121; 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 Panacea Kids' Fishing Clinic.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC), the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla
County, St. Marks Refuge Association and the Sport Fish Restoration
Program will present a free Kids' Fishing Clinic for children ages
4-16 on Saturday, May 8. Registration will be 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The clinic will be at Wooley Park in Panacea.
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
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 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
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 all
participants must be accompanied by an adult.
Individuals or companies interested in helping
sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact David
Moody with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 850-925-6121 or
Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.