Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski

(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association May 2008 Newsletter)



On April 1, 2008 I attended the Newark Bait and Flycasting Club Annual Dinner Awards event. The guest speaker was Craig Lemon, Superintendent Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery, and he delivered an impressive slide presentation about the good work that is done at the State Hatchery. But, due to funding issues this year, the derby season that generally takes place during the months of May through September will be suspended due to the lack of staffing. This is a great disappointment to the many fishing clubs and organizations that depend on the support of the Division of Fish and Wildlife to assist with providing derbies and educational programs to New Jersey families. We request letters be written to bring the Derby program back and give young anglers and their families the opportunity to experience the fun of participating in a fishing derby. Please address your letters to the JCAA, Youth Education Committee, 1201 Highway 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753. The letters will be forward to the State Office of Information and Education.



ALEXANDRIA, VA Frank Peterson, president and CEO of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) is pleased to announce today that Stephanie Hussey has been named RBFF's Director of State Initiatives. Hussey will be responsible for implementing the organization's State Direct Mail Marketing Program and continuing to build relationships with state fish and wildlife agencies and their partners. "Stephanie has been committed to promoting boating and fishing participation at the grassroots level and developed close relationships with our state partners across the country," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "She has worked diligently to implement our State Direct Mail Marketing Program and her commitment to the project has earned her a well-deserved promotion." Hussey has 14 years experience working with state fish and wildlife agencies and as one of RBFF's veteran staff members, she has led the charge on many key products and programs, helping kick off the first National Fishing and Boating Week and leading the development of the Take Me Fishing Event Planning Kit and Passport to Fishing and Boating Program. She also sits on the Association for Conservation Information's board of directors. "I am honored to be directing RBFF's state initiatives, which support the state fish and wildlife agencies' efforts to sell fishing licenses and, ultimately, increase funds for critical conservation projects," said Hussey. "I truly enjoy working with our state partners and look forward to developing new relationships as we expand our State Direct Mail Marketing Program and launch a boating registration pilot program with Oregon in the year ahead." Hussey received a bachelor's degree in biology from Michigan State University and was awarded a Berryman Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in fisheries and wildlife at Utah State University. RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing campaign and Anglers' Legacy.



The Newark Bait and Flycasting Club held their twenty-eighth Annual Kids Fishing Derby at Echo Lake Park, Mountainside, NJ. As usual it's always a great success because the membership of the Newark Bait and Flycasting Club membership donates time, plenty of prizes, and trout for the youngsters to catch.



The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation announced a new partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. to recruit new anglers across the country and promote the Anglers' Legacy, a program that encourages avid anglers to share their love of boating and fishing, and introduce a newcomer to the sport. In a campaign that kicked off in April 2008 and runs through the end of July, Dick's will include in-store displays that encourage customers to visit AnglersLegacy.org and "Take the Pledge" to receive $10 off their next purchase of $50 or more. With a goal of at least 5,000 new Pledges, the promotion will run in approximately 360 stores in 36 states nationwide.


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