Angling for a Healthy Fu­ture:

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The Florida Fish­ing Academy de­liv­ers a fish­ing ed­u­ca­tion and life-skills pro­gram to stu­dents in grades K-12. The pro­gram’s cur­ricu­lum is an en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness ini­tia­tive that teaches chil­dren to en­joy Florida’s frag­ile ma­rine re­sources in a way that pre­serves the ecosys­tem for gen­er­a­tions to come. The pro­gram also arms th­ese kids with the tools and knowl­edge to re­sist the temp­ta­tions of the streets and to gain a richer ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our lo­cal wa­ters.

High school stu­dents will re­ceive ex­ten­sive vo­ca­tional fish­ing ed­u­ca­tion, as well as post-sec­ondary prepa­ra­tion and sup­port de­signed to pre­pare them for the work­force or col­lege. They will learn how to men­tor younger stu­dents, serve as FFA camp coun­selors, teach our pro­gram, nav­i­gate a ves­sel, chart an open-wa­ter course, com­pete in fish­ing tour­na­ments, de­sign and build rods, re­pair reels, build lures, be­come a cer­ti­fied Red Cross life­guard and work with our com­mu­nity part­ners through our on-the-job train­ing com­po­nent.

Ev­ery Riviera Beach res­i­dent who at­tends the pro­gram is ben­e­fit­ted by schol­ar­ships pro­vided by CRA grants. The pro­gram offfff­fers wa­ter sports in­struc­tion, sum­mer camps and deep-sea fish­ing camps. The cur­ricu­lum in­structs stu­dents on proper and safe boat­ing, kayak­ing, fish­ing and sail­ing prac­tices. Stu­dents then prac­tice what they learned dur­ing week­long deep-sea sum­mer camps aboard FFA fish­ing boats or on com­mu­nity event days hosted at the Riviera Beach Ma­rina.

Stu­dents of all ages will learn about en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, wa­ter flow and ero­sion, in ad­di­tion to prob­lem-solv­ing and life skills, us­ing hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties that em­pha­size sci­en­tific learn­ing. Stu­dents will ex­plore a work­ing model of Florida’s wa­ter­shed to learn about the efffff­fects of pol­lu­tion and beach ero­sion and how it re­lates to the ma­rine-life food chain. They will have the op­por­tu­nity to hold ma­rine life an­i­mals in our touch tank, dis­sect a squid or fish and par­tic­i­pate in an oil spill cleanup ac­tiv­ity. Stu­dents will also brain­storm ideas for con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and pol­lu­tion con­trol.

200 E. 13th St., Riviera Beach, FL 33404. 561-740-7227; floridafishin­ga­ com/

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