Division of Fish and Wildlife Offers Training for Volunteer Instructors for 'Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs'

November 29, 2004

The Division of Fish and Wildlife will hold a “Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs” workshop for volunteer instructors from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Fort Delaware State Park’s Grass Dale Center.

Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs is an innovative approach to drug prevention that provides a fun, lifelong alternative to drugs and other harmful behaviors that children face. It is offered through the American Sportfishing Association’s Future Fisherman Foundation in more than 30 states. This is Delaware’s third year to offer the program. To date 22 instructors have been trained.

Anyone interested in becoming certified as an instructor for this national program still has time to register with Trina Cale-Rosario, the Division’s volunteer coordinator, at 302-653-2882, ext. 104 or 302-632-6425.

“This program is becoming a big success in Delaware as more instructors are reaching out to the state’s youth,” according to Delaware’s Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs coordinator Bob Jones.

“Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs combines aquatic education instruction and healthy life skills that promote positive personal development,” Jones said. “It emphasizes the importance of relationships between responsible adults and youths and provides opportunities for concerned citizens to become involved with students.”

Participants learn about watersheds, fishing techniques, freshwater ecology, food webs, and local environmental issues. Emphasis is given to safety, angler ethics, knot tying, casting, catch and release, and fish identification. All activities are designed to increase the enjoyment and knowledge of Delaware’s aquatic resources.

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