FWC News Release

Contacts: Marine Industries 800-693-6423 or
Gus Cancro, 850-488-6058
Video available from 850-488-6058 or e-mail Gus.Cancro@MyFWC.com

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment, and providing a fun, family outing are the objectives for the Daytona Beach Boat Show Kids’ Fishing Clinic.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Marine Industries Association of Florida and the Sport Fish Restoration Program will offer the free clinic for children, ages 6-15 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-10. Clinic times are Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Participants can sign up by e-mailing miaf@att.net or by calling 800-693-6423. On-site registration will begin at 10 a.m. for available space. The clinic will be at the Daytona Beach Boat Show at Ocean Center.

This clinic event enables youngsters 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 to achieve 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, the clinics aspire to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants with a positive fishing experience.

A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic. All participants must be accompanied by an adult, and children who have pre-registered for the clinic or register at the door will receive free admission to the boat show.

Individuals or companies interested in helping to sponsor this event or volunteer at the clinic should contact the Halifax Sport Fishing Club at 386-445-4102 or Gus Cancro with the FWC at 850-488-6058.