Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to host
26th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on June 9
Entry forms available now online
DOVER (May 31, 2011) – As part of the annual activities for National Fishing Week, June 2-10, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section will sponsor and host the 26th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 9 at Ingrams Pond in Millsboro, Wyoming Pond in Town Park, Wyoming, and at the dog training area at Lums Pond State Park in Bear.
The tournament is open to youths ages 4 to 15. An adult must accompany youths under age 12 and contestants must bring their own fishing equipment. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups: 4 to 7, 8 to 11 and 12 to 15. The tournament is free and open to the public.
“Since the tournament’s first year in 1986, the Youth Fishing Tournament has grown tremendously and has introduced more than 200 youngsters each year to the great sport of fishing,” said David Saveikis, Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. “Our youth are the future of fishing and conservation, and this annual fishing tournament is part of the Department’s “Children in Nature” initiative to involve youth in the outdoors,” added Saveikis.
The tournament was established to introduce youth to the sport of fishing and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation.
In addition to the fishing tournament celebrating National Fishing Week, the Division of Fish and Wildlife has designated June 9 and 10 as free fishing days when anyone may fish in Delaware waters without a fishing license.
For more information on the Youth Fishing Tournament, please call Carol Gondeck, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, at 302-739-9913, or for information and an entry form, visit the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Documents/2012_Youth_Fishing_Tournament_Form.pdf.
This project is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.
Vol. 42, No. 205