Youth Education Report

By Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 1998 Newsletter)


AQUATIC EDUCATORS LEARN SURF FISHING

Aquatic resource educators from twelve Northeastern states’ fish and wildlife agencies gathered on the isle of Brigantine in September to coordinate with the federal program which sponsors their efforts.

The Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration Program collect a small tax on anglers’ gear and motor boat fuels. The money then comes back to the states to fund programs in management, access, enforcement and education.

In between the conference meetings there was time for field activities. One of the highlights during the conference was a surf fishing instruction session lead by the Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Committee and Rutgers Cooperative Extension Marine Agent, Cid Hooper. Most of the 30 participants in the conference run freshwater fishing programs in their states, and were glad to take advantage of the exposure to surf fishing - a new experience to most. Some anxious moments arose as the fishers waded out to a sandbar to get a better cast and then were so "into it" that they did not notice the tide rapidly coming in. The way back, through a trough, presented some rather deep water. But all got to shore safely and were thoroughly "soaked" at the experience. Everyone had a great day learning and surf fishing. When we first encountered the group of educators we didn’t think they would journey over the sandbar to fish. We were truly surprised with the effort and ability everyone applied to learn surf fishing in a short amount of time. The children they teach in their states’ are lucky to have such dedicated aquatic resource educators.

Teachers who would like to know about marine, coastal and aquatic education resources for the classroom, should phone Larry Sarner, Sr. Biologist, NJ FG&W, at 609-748-2031.


SALTWATER FISHING GUIDE AVAILABLE AT UPCOMING OUTDOOR HUNTING AND FISHING SHOWS

Dr. Eleanor Bochenek, Marine Agent for New Jersey Sea Grant and member of the Jersey Coast Anglers Youth Education Committee is back from her R&R (research & rest) vacation. The J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee will help with the distribution of the new Saltwater Resource Fishing Guide she has produced to teach youngsters about saltwater fishing. The Saltwater Resource Fishing Guide is part of a project to teach students how to fish for saltwater species of fin fish and protect our aquatic environment. We will make the Saltwater Resource Fishing Guide available to youngsters that attend J.C.A.A. Youth Education Fishing seminars at outdoor hunting and fishing expositions.


LOOKING FOR A SPONSOR

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Committee is looking for a corporate sponsor to help fund our safe boating campaign for 1998. The corporate sponsor will help offset the printing cost of 25,000 bumper stickers that will be used to increase awareness about safe boating. The 1998 safe boating slogan is STAY AFLOAT DON’T DRINK & BOAT. This will be part of our promotion for the Future Fisherman Foundation’s "Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs" 10th anniversary.


YOUTH FISHING ACTIVITY BULLETIN BOARD

YOUTH FISHING FUN

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Director will conduct a youth fishing seminar at the New Jersey Convention Center, Edison, NJ. The youth fishing seminar will be held in suit A at 2:00pm Sunday, January 11, 1998. Participating merchants at the hunting and fishing expositions will offer special promotions at their booths for children attending the Jersey Coast Anglers Association's, Youth Fishing Seminars. Parents are also welcome to attend.

FLY TYING for Beginners

Sunday, January 18, 1998 at 10 a.m.- For children 12 and up. Wildlife members of the East Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited will instruct first-time fly tiers in the fine art of tying flies. The lesson is five hours and will be held at the Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center, 605 Pequest Rd., Oxford, NJ. Phone 732-637-4125 for registration and information.

Greg Kucharewski, a member of the Shore Surf Club, is the J.C.A.A. Youth Education Director. For information on aquatic youth education material write to: J.C.A.A. Youth Education Committee, 1201 Rt. 37 East, Suite 9, Toms River, NJ 08753 or phone the J.C.A.A. office at 908/506-6565 voice mail box #1

BE SAFE-HAVE FUN-ENJOY FISHING

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