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 presented a FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 4 and 16 on Saturday, May 31. The clinic was held at Wooley Park in Panacea. This free event enables young people to learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. In addition, environmental displays provided participants with a unique chance to experience Florida’s marine life firsthand.
Kids’ Fishing Clinics promote 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. Fishing equipment and bait was supplied for children to use during the clinic, but those who own fishing tackle were encouraged to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels were given away to participants upon completion of the clinic. This event is a photo catch-and-release activity.
© Original Photography by Lou Kellenberger