Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
‘Take a Kid Fishing!’ dates announced by DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
Abbotts Mill Nature Center to host fishing program on April 12
DOVER (March 27, 2014) – Do you know a child or young teen who might enjoy learning about fishing and trying to catch a fish? The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Take a Kid Fishing! Program provides five upcoming dates when budding anglers age 6 through 15 and a parent/guardian are invited to come out and learn to fish.
Take a Kid Fishing teaches young people fundamental fishing skills and conservation concepts. The program is sponsored by DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife through its Aquatic Resource Education Center near Smyrna. Delaware Nature Society, Delaware State Parks, and the Delaware Forestry Service partner with the Division of Fish and Wildlife to provide host sites for the program. Along with the angling, these free-admission* fishing days also feature activity stations and prizes. Fishing equipment is provided, but participants may want to pack a picnic lunch.
Take a Kid Fishing will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates:
- Saturday, April 12 – Abbotts Mill Nature Center, Milford, Directions to Abbotts Mill
- Saturday, May 3 – Killens Pond State Park*, Felton, Directions to Killens
- Saturday, May 17 – Lums Pond State Park*, Bear, Directions
- Saturday, June 21 – Aquatic Resource Education Center, Smyrna, Directions
- Saturday, July 19 – Redden State Forest, Georgetown, Directions to Redden
* While participation in Take a Kid Fishing is free of charge, entrance fees are in effect at Delaware State Parks host sites: for each vehicle, the cost is $3 with Delaware tags and $6 with out-of-state tags.
To ensure enough supplies are on hand for these free programs, pre-registration is required. To pre-register for Take a Kid Fishing!, or for more information about the program or about volunteering as an instructor, please call Tess Belcher at 302-735-8656 or email Theresa.Belcher@state.de.us. To pre-register online, click Take A Kid Fishing.
Grandparents, parents, or others age 16 and older who wish to fish with the participants on Take a Kid Fishing days must have a current Delaware fishing license and a FIN number. A resident annual Delaware recreational fishing license, which covers fresh and tidal waters as well as crabbing and clamming, costs $8.50 for ages 16 through 64. Persons under the age of 16 and residents age 65 and older are not required to purchase fishing licenses in Delaware, although exempt persons may purchase fishing licenses if they so choose to help support fisheries management efforts.
Both resident and non-resident anglers age 16 and older also are required to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (FIN) number. The free number is included as part of a Delaware fishing license purchase. License-exempt anglers, including Delaware residents 65 and older, may visit www.delaware-fin.com or call 800-432-9228 toll-free to obtain their free FIN number.
To purchase a fishing license online, click Delaware Fishing License. For additional information, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Fisheries Section, at 302-739-9914, or the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s recreational licensing program at 302-739-9918, or click on 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s licensing desk at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, and from license agents throughout the state.
The Take a Kid Fishing program 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 in conjunction with the national No Child Left Inside program.
This recreational activity would benefit from Governor Markell’s Clean Water for Delaware’s Future initiative – a comprehensive plan for cleaning up Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams so they meet water quality standards for drinking, swimming and supporting fish and other aquatic life. The plan accelerates a wide range of clean water projects that protect public health and safety, improve water quality, increase the resiliency of Delaware’s communities to storms and flooding, support our multi-billion dollar tourism and agriculture industries, create jobs and bolster the economic revitalization of our towns and cities.
Vol. 44, No. 82