|Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Sarasota on Nov. 18.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway.
These free clinics enable young people to learn the basics of conservation stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills and safety. 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, organizers hope to teach fundamental saltwater fishing skills and provide participants a positive fishing experience.
Fishing equipment and bait are provided for kids to use during the clinic, but organizers encourage children who own fishing tackle to bring it. A limited number of rods and reels will be given away to participants upon completion of the clinic.
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. An adult must accompany all participants.
Individuals or companies interested in helping sponsor this event or volunteering at the clinic should contact Armando Ubeda at 941-861-9900 or FWC’s Elizabeth Winchester at 850-617-9644.
To find out more about fishing clinics for kids, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing, select the “Youth & Student” option under “Education,” and click on “Kids’ Fishing Clinics.”
|Panther depredation update|
|The FWC has updated the “Panther Pulse” page with depredation information through November 3, 2017 as of 2:30 p.m. Panthers are a top predator and prey on a variety of wildlife such as deer, hogs, raccoons, armadillos and rabbits. Unfortunately, they sometimes prey on domesticated animals such as goats, sheep, calves and even pets. When a panther or other wild animal preys upon or injures a pet or domestic livestock, it is called a depredation. Depredation information can be viewed at: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/panther/pulse/
People can protect pets and other backyard animals from panthers and other predators by following the advice available at: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/panther/living/