2019 has been quite the year and marks 12 years since our Responsible Angling Education Program began! Thanks to you, over 200 students were educated this year on how to conserve our oceans by fishing sustainably.
Looking ahead, in 2020 we will be hosting new programs and conferences for motivated young changemakers who want to pursue future careers in marine science and environmental protection related fields or who simply have a passion to protect these vital resources.
Thank you again for your support, we could not have gotten this far without your help! We hope you will consider joining us today by making a year-end gift to support our efforts in 2020.
Our Responsible Angling Education Programs are in full swing for the fall semester! With your support we were able to offer our program to an additional site in Miami, FL, which will allow us to educate over 200 youth in South Florida by the end of 2019. This semester, the students in our Miami Program were able to go on an Everglades adventure at Everglades Holiday Park, where they were able to observe up close the extremely diverse ecosystem within the Florida Everglades. In our Boca Raton Program, our students led a beach cleanup on Delray Beach where they learned firsthand how plastic pollution impacts their local marine ecosystem.
Please consider giving today to make sure that these immersive educational programs continue to be offered, and to help make sure that the future of South Florida's marine ecosystems are left in good hands.
This Spring we had the opportunity to work with 75 socio-economically disadvantaged children to teach them about their local marine environment. In our Boca Raton program we were able to take our students deep sea fishing where they tested their knowledge of the fishing techniques developed throughout the program. For our Miami program we took our students to Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters where they had the opportunity to snorkel with various marine species to learn about and appreciate marine ecosystems up close.
Through multiple amazing collaborations between soup kitchens and fishing tournaments in South Florida over the years, we have been able to provide over 4,000 meals to those in need. Last month we partnered with the Fish for Hope - Place for Hope Fishing Tournament where we collected, cleaned, and donated over 300 meals of fresh fish to the Boca Helping Hands Soup Kitchen. As well, our Fishing Tournament Donation Program was honored by the Sodexo Foundation for our innovative solution to fight hunger in America.
If you would like to ensure that this impactful organization continues to offer these fantastic programs, please support F4FN in safeguarding the future of South Florida's marine ecosystems by giving today and joining us in the effort!
This past March, a group of F4FN volunteers traveled to Bimini, Bahamas to lead our Responsible Angling Education Program with 15 students at the Louise McDonald High School in Alicetown, Bimini. This hands-on, adventure packed program featured discussions about overfishing and ocean pollution as well as a beach clean up, stingray encounter, and a deep-sea fishing trip.
We could not have offered this amazing program without the help of our partners in Bimini. We would like to thank Bimini Big Game Club, Lend a Hand Bahamas, Valentine Thomas, Leonard Stuart and many others for their generosity and aid in offering this program. Last, but definitely not least, we would like to thank all of you for your support of Fishing for Families in Need. Without your help we could not have provided such an awesome experience to 15 well deserving kids.
The journey to stop the degradation of our oceans is long, but through these programs we are making a long-term positive impact on the next generation of environmental stewards. If you would like to see us continuing these amazing initiatives, I highly encourage you to consider supporting our efforts.
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