Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2021 Newsletter)

This year was a real challenge for our youth fishing and aquatic education programs. We were not able to visit schools and local libraries. We did have a remarkably successful one-to-one, small group, fishing instruction for veterans and their families at Island Beach State Park, Point Pleasant Beach, Manasquan Inlet, Lake Julianna, Bay Head, Spring Lake, Marine Services Bureau Point Pleasant Station, Jenna’s Reel Warriors and the first annual MA 22 Operation HOOK It. During COVID restrictions, meeting at outdoor spaces with others was key to staying physically and mentally healthy.

Veterans and environmental volunteers participated in planting over 5,000 aquatic water plants purchased by the owner of Lake Julianna to add ecosystem enhancements and improve water quality.

Hopefully, during 2021 we can resume our normal school activities and fishing programs. We know it has been a tough year for everyone but if you are able to support JCAA, please donate.

Mail your donation to: JCAA, Youth Education, 1594 Lakewood Road (Rt. 9), Victoria Plaza Ste. 13, Toms River, NJ 08755.

NJ HOFNOD Students Conduct Research

Brick Memorial High School students will study the growth rate of fishes. We assisted Tim Brennan, Brick Memorial High School teacher and NJ HOFNOD certified instructor in securing a New Jersey Scientific Collection Permit to conduct a school-based research project that will record the growth rate of blackfish. The JCAA Youth Education Committee will support and communicate with project leaders to track student progress. During 2021, Liz Jackson, NJ DEP HOFNOD Coordinator and other scientist will offer their assistance. This is a great opportunity for students to collaborate with scientists and collect data that will be shared in the classroom.

Tim Brennan is preparing a 90-gallon saltwater tank to accept a blackfish captured by hook and line. Students will learn about the process of applying for a NJ DEP collection sampling permit, required reporting correspondence to maintain a valid permit, recording data benchmarks, saltwater tank maintenance, fish feeding, controlled temperature growth affects, measurement tools and NJ DEP conservation rules and regulations.

Fishing club students will also learn about the Japanese Art of Fish Printing (Gyotaku) and species identification. We will teach students how to create printed art images of fish and other creatures on tee shirts. All fish printing molds and materials will be supplied by the JCAA Youth Education Committee.

Brick Memorial High School Fishing Club - 90 Gallon Saltwater Research Tank
Toms River Fishing Indians

Paul Harris, NJBBA, informed me the Toms River South High School Fishing Indians Team fished the American Anglers individual tournament in Seaside Park on Sunday, November 1st. It was a rough day to fish the tournament and the 7 team members participating were not able to put any fish on the scoreboard. Team member Andrew Parshall did catch a 23 ¾’’ striped bass.

The JCAA Youth Education committee will provide a fish printing program for the Fishing Indians as soon as COVID -19 restrictions ease.

Art and Esaay Contest

Conserve Wildlife Foundation is sponsoring an art and essay contest and will select one winner from each county in New Jersey. Species on the Edge Contest will accept entries from 5th grade students. Students are encouraged to select one of more than eighty endangered NJ species. Entry deadline is January 31, 2021. For more info, follow this link.

NJSP Marine Services Bureau Point Pleasant Station

We would like to thank the NJSP Marine Services Bureau, Point Pleasant Station, NJ for partnering with our “Play HOOK-e from PTSD “program and honoring our disabled veterans.

Our veterans appreciated how Troopers made their day special. Veteran men and women participated in fast boat rides, an outdoor facility tour, fishing for blackfish, friendly conversation, and eating together at the Point Pleasant Station BBQ. Many thanks to Rich at Jersey Hooker Outfitters for supplying all the bait for the 35 veterans in attendance.

We also thank the following businesses that helped supply door prizes and welcome gifts: Bob and Marci, The Fisherman, Norma K III, Pro Tapes C.O.R.E., Bogan's Brielle Bait & Tackle, Gabriel CO., Betty & Nicks B&T, Jersey Hooker Outfitters, The Tin Man Lures, Grumpy’s B&T, Reel Seat B&T, Pell’s Sport and Fish, Jersey Shore Surfcasters, Quilts of Valor, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, Vietnam Veterans of America Shore Area Chapter 12.

Disabled Veteran - Free Mobile Sportfishing Permit

George Browne, JCAA Access Chairman, reminds all eligible disabled veterans to apply for an IBSP 2021 Mobile Sportfishing Permit to drive on the beach. Veterans must provide the following: Form DD 214 Honorable Discharge, Valid NJ Driver License and Registration, Veterans ID Card proof of service-connected disability. If you plan to fish on the beach you must register for a Free NJ Saltwater Recreational Registration Card. It is suggested new beach drivers take a beach safety driving course - info at this link. NJBBA offers a beach driving course. For more information about permits and hours contact: Island Beach State Park, 732-793-0506. Visit VVA Chapter 12 for Play HOOK-e veteran news and discounts.

Manasquan High School Fishing Club

I met with Jim Freda, Educator Manasquan High School, to schedule a classroom program for their Fishing Club during 2021. The Manasquan HS Fishing club along with other school-based and HS teams are gearing up for the 2021 Governor’s Cup School team competition. Last year, the event was cancelled twice. We will have more information about high school fishing team fishing the Governor’s Cup as we move closer to the date.

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