February 13, 2012 – The Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently completed a “Train the Trainers” seminar for local schools and community volunteers in the Ft Meyers Florida area interested in aquatic education and fishing skills.
“These seminars are designed to get adults in communities involved as trainers so they can go back to their local schools and community groups and build sustainable aquatic education and fishing programs,” stated F3 Executive Director Mark Gintert. “We like the challenge of getting more qualified adult trainers involved in programs that go well beyond one day fishing derbies so that students eventually become long term practicing anglers,” added Gintert.
FWC Fresh Water Education Director Steve Marshall led the group through a variety of exercises and techniques designed to catch the interest and attention of young anglers.
Funding for this training event was part of a Fish Florida Grant that F3 received this year to build sustainable Youth fishing and Education programs in the state of Florida. Schools who attended received a training grant that helps them buy equipment and supplies necessary to get their programs started.