A new class of students have started our fall Responsible Angling Education Programs! In this program, students are taught about marine conservation, the perils of overfishing, invasive species, and ocean pollution. We are equipping our students with important knowledge related to marine science and conservation not often taught in the traditional educational system while also immersing them in the environment through the sport of fishing. Through the program, we are educating and empowering the future leaders of tomorrow to be more environmentally conscientious while enjoying the sport of fishing. Thus, creating a positive feedback loop that we hope will inspire the children to share their knowledge with others. We look forward to educating hundreds of youth in South Florida this fall!
We recently concluded our Spring Responsible Angling Education Programs in South Florida. Thanks to you all, over 75 youth in South Florida were given the opportunity to learn about our incredible marine ecosystems through both hands-on instruction and virtual learning. Through this program, we are educating and empowering future leaders of tomorrow to be better stewards of our precious marine ecosystem in South Florida. We are equipping our students with important knowledge related to marine science and conservation not often taught in the traditional educational system while also immersing them in the environment by getting them outdoors through the sport of fishing. Each child received a rod and reel to practice what they have learned in this program. A huge thank you to our amazing supporters for helping to continue this impactful initiative.
Our Responsible Angling Education Programs have started back up for the spring semester. Utilizing a hybrid education model, we are instructing our programs half online and half in-person, socially distanced. In addition to our usual after-school education classes, we were able to bring the students in our Responsible Angling Education program to our Aquaponics Center to learn about sustainable agriculture and how the nitrogen cycle works. Using STEM education tools, our students were able to experience first-hand how to test water quality and how fish and plants live in a symbiotic ecosystem. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to continuing to provide these immersive programs to the youth in South Florida and the Caribbean.
Since April we have been offering our Responsible Angling Education Program virtually to our students in South Florida. In late October, our students were given the choice the start attending the program in-person, socially distanced. Over the past few weeks, our students have learned about the importance of marine conservation and fishing techniques such as how to cast a fishing rod as well as the anatomy of a fish. It was quite a refresher for the kids to get off their computer screens and take a step outdoors.
Thank you for your continued support of our efforts during this tough time. Thanks to you, we are able to educate the next generation on how to be good stewards of our aquatic ecosystems and preserve them for future generations.
2020 has been quite the interesting year. As schools around the country started to shift their curriculums online, we began to transition our extracurricular programs to distancing learning concurrently with schools in South Florida and the Caribbean. Additionally, our team set out on a mission to capture the changes occurring in our marine ecosystems due to the lack of human impact as well as how the stay at home orders were affecting local marine related businesses and the industry as a whole. This docuseries was featured in the Palm Beach International Boat Show and can be viewed by clicking the link below.
We plan to resume our Responsible Angling Education Programs as soon as the school calendar begins in the fall. Whether it be in-person or online, our students will continue to receive a high-quality education about their local marine ecosystems. Whatever the case may be, our students will come out of this pandemic with a greater appreciation for their marine environments and desire to get back on the water and fish responsibly.
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