Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only operating undersea research laboratory, will use their $10,000.00 grant award for its “Teacher Under the Sea” mission in November. This exciting event will be the first time a teacher has ever lived and worked with the other aquanauts and will share the experience through telepresence broadcasts, video conferencing, and online interactions.
The Fishing and Conservation Trust will use their $3,300.00 and 200 rod and reel combos to run Children’s Fishing Clinics in partnership with the International Game Fish Association and the Youth Fishing Foundation. They will conduct fishing clinics to encourage families to fish together and learn on-water and angling safety, rod handling and casting, terminal tackle and knot tying, bait handling, catch and release ethics, fish identification, and Florida’s fishing regulations.
Florida Sea Grant will use their $9,500.00 grant award for a Dolphin-Friendly Fishing Outreach Program to educate anglers about the problems of feeding dolphin and proper dolphin-friendly fishing practices. Sea Grant will produce dolphin/angler interaction tip cards, use and distribute a 30-sec PSA “Don’t Feed Wild Dolphins”, construct and distribute mini-monofilament recycling bins, and create fishing line recycling educational displays.
The Larry Hatchett Fishing Foundation will use their $8,000.00 grant award to take foster home children from across the southeastern United States to the Florida Panhandle to learn about fishing and being a good angler; it’s also an amazing opportunity for the children to build self-esteem.
Mahogany Youth Corporation will use their $10,000.00 grant award for their “Teach a Child to Fish” Summer Camps.
During the 10-weeks of summer camp, children will learn fishing skills like casting, lures and bait, catch and release, knots, fishing ethics, fish biology, and water safety. Children will also discuss social issues like coping with stress, setting goals, and saying no to drugs. Mahogany uses fishing to teach children self-esteem and a new hobby. The funds will provide scholarships for children who cannot afford to attend the camp.
Three Captains will use their $11,000.00 grant award to run Kids’ Educational Fishing Programs. Students will take a trip aboard Miami’s Reward Fleet head boats to learn about habitat, conservation, fishing regulations, ethics, and technique.
These grant awards were made possible thanks to the people who purchased the Fish Florida license plate. Fish Florida’s next grant awards will be decided in December 2008.