Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association December 2003 Newsletter)


Dr. Eleanor Bochenek, Rutgers University, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory and Jan Larson, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, conducted an educational program for 5th graders at Lanes Mill School in Brick on October 21 as part of a project funded by the Trust for Public Land.  The project is a cooperative effort of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation (MTA), Rutgers University, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County (RCE), and the Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) Youth Education Committee.  Dr. Bochenek is updating her booklet entitled “Young People’s Guide To Saltwater/Freshwater Fishing” to include crabbing, clamming, safe boating, fish biology and fishing techniques for young people specific to Barnegat Bay with assistance from the JCAA, MTA and RCE.  Several of the book chapters were field tested at Lanes Mill School including safe boating, fish biology and ecology of key species found in Barnegat Bay, the Barnegat Bay watershed, and ways to become a steward of Barnegat Bay.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the educational program.



It was an honor to receive the JCAA Sports Person of the Year Award and I would like to thank my family & friends that supported the many youth education programs that we provide each year. I would also like to thank the JCAA membership/sponsors, federal, state, and fishing/boating industry leaders that help enhance our programs through their contributions. The following are individuals and organizations who were recipients of the JCAA Youth Education Award: Manasquan Fishing Club, Newark Bait and Fly Casters, Hudson River Fishing Association, Dr. Eleanor Bochenek, Marine Scientist, NJ Beach Buggy Association, Tom Fote, Friends of Island Beach State Park, and the Shore Surf Club.  This year, Mrs. Rosemary Beales, received the Jersey Coast Anglers Association 2003 Youth Education Award for her continued promotion of the “Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs” program at the JCAA Annual Sports Person of the Year Award Dinner Dance. Rosemary has enhanced this nationally recognized program by adding marine science activities.  We also thank Kevin Brooks, Schuyler Tuna Fishing Club for donating the color television that was won at the silent auction and donating it to the JCAA Youth Education Committee.



The Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s Youth Education Committee received a donation of fishing and boating equipment from Mrs. Pat Schweiker.  The donation of equipment is in memory of her husband Jack Schweiker.  Jack was an avid sports person that spent many hours with children teaching them a variety of outdoor sports that included fishing.  Jack also supported the Jersey Coast Anglers Association’s mission statement and enjoyed receiving the JCAA electronic newspaper monthly.  He enjoyed reading the JCAA newspaper and was always interested in how JCAA membership organizations promoted healthy outdoor activities for our youngsters. The donation of fishing and boating equipment will be used to promote upcoming youth fishing and drug awareness programs.


Members of the JCAA Youth Education Committee will attend an Interfaith Volunteer Network meeting on Sunday, November 16th at the church of Epiphany, Brick, NJ to discuss the possibility of teaching homeless children about fishing and boating.



During the month of October, we supplied information and materials to NJ Fish and Wildlife, Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament and Rutgers University, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory.  Interest in youth fishing programs within the membership of JCAA is growing.  If you would like to help with our youth education efforts and offer some of your time to teach children the joy of fishing, please phone 732-785-9278 or e-mail Gkucharews@aol.com.