of youth in a long term and continuous, community supported,
sportfishing and aquatic resource education program.
To initiate and provide
fishing education and fishing skills to interested adults and youth
from Michigan's many diverse populations. This will preserve a natural
heritage that ensures the future of fishing, which includes natural
resources and environmental awareness, ethical fishing practices,
fisheries stewardship, and positive developmental activities for
children, families, and the community.
Michigan Project FISH program will work through a statewide committee
with representatives from: Michigan 4-H Youth Programs, Michigan State
University Dept. of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource
Studies(CARRS), Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources Fisheries Division,
Michigan United Conservation Clubs, recreation departments, service
organizations, sportfishing industries/retailers, volunteers, and many
- Provide multiple experience
sportfishing giving youth gradual, sportfishing mentoring and a
lifelong learning process.
- Develop in kids an
appreciation of the outdoors and outdoor ethics and behaviors.Encourage
kids to spend time outdoors.
- Introduce youth to
sportfishing as a hobby and lifetime pursuit.
- Reach youth through clubs,
schools, and sportsmen's organizations.
- Help adults as mentors spend
time with youth.
- Involve teachers, adult
volunteer youth leaders, teen leaders, and retirees as mentors.
- Provide training for
volunteers, with volunteers attending as members of a local team.
- Help instructors develop
willingness and ability to start and sustain a long term program in
their local communities (including management/coordinator strategies)
- Help instructors and youth
gain new knowledge and confidence, enjoyment of the outdoors, aquatic
biology/ecology, ethics and angling skills.
- Show local teams of
instructors how to use available resources that highlight accessible