Programs focusing on introducing children to fishing and reconnecting adults with the sport appear to be working.
A recently released survey by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation found that fishing numbers are holding steady nationwide. More than 46 million people ages 6 and up went fishing in 2014, the last year surveyed. That’s more than 15 percent of the United States population, and cause for optimism among those who run recruiting programs.
“We’re pleased by the results of this report, particularly the 2.4 million newcomers who tried fishing for the first time in 2014,” said RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson.
Other survey findings also encouraged fishing groups:
▪ More than 47 percent of newcomers to fishing were women.
▪ Hispanic participants averaged 25.8 days on the water, 6 days more than the average of all fishermen.
▪ More than 4 million youths indicated they would like to try fishing.
Recruiting more trout fishermen
The Missouri Department of Conservation, the Department of Natural Resources and other conservation organizations will be casting out a big lure to catch some kids Aug. 15 during a Kids Fishing Day program at Roaring River State Park.
The event, which will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., will include free daily trout tags for youngsters ages 15 and under, a chance to fish in a specially stocked portion of the stream, and a free hot-dog lunch.
Children and their families also will listen to seminars and workshops on everything from fishing cleaning and cooking, knot tying, how to fish for trout, fly tying and more.
Want to be a research worker?
The public will get to help with a wild research project this summer at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit.
Each summer, Department of Conservation workers trap doves and fit them with small identification bands in advance of the hunting season. The doves are then released back to the wild, and biologists track the birds’ movements and hunter success by the the return or spotting of those bands from hunters or birders.
This year there are a limited number for openings for people who want to join Department of Conservation crews in doing the bird banding. There will be room for six people per session on four days — Tuesday and Wednesday and Aug. 18 and 19. There will be sessions at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day.
Participants must register in advance by call Rick Bredesen, Reed area manager, at 816-622-0900.
Pembroke Hill students know their natural resources
Students from Pembroke Hill High School in Kansas City recently proved that they are well-schooled in the world of natural resources and the environment.
They won NCF-Envirothon, a week-long North American national resource competition in Springfield, Mo.
They beat 52 other high schools teams from across the United States and Canada after advancing to the nationals by winning regionals at Burr Oak Woods in March.
Team members were Saurabh Goel, Domenico and Francesco DiMare, Devon Dietrich and Eric Koch. SueAnn Wright serves as the team’s head coach.
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