PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the City of Central Falls and Progreso Latino, will host a kids' saltwater fishing excursion aboard the Francis Fleet Charter out of Point Judith on Wednesday. Fifty local children and their families will participate in the free event, spending an afternoon on Narragansett Bay learning to fish and identify marine life in the Bay.
WHAT: Let's Go Fishing event aboard the Francis Fleet Charter Boat
WHEN: Wednesday, July 12 | 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Point Judith, Narragansett
** Media interested in joining for the boat trip should contact Gail Mastrati at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, July 11.
As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in the state, fishing plays an important role in connecting people with nature, promoting health, attracting tourism, and supporting a treasured tradition for Rhode Island families. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there are approximately 175,000 recreational anglers (age 16+) in Rhode Island. And recreational fishing contributes more than $130 million to the economy each year.
The Let's Go Fishing excursion will be led by instructors from DEM's Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) program. ARE hosts recreational fishing opportunities for the public throughout the year in addition to offering marine science training to educators. For more information on ARE programs, visit www.dem.ri.gov. Follow DEM on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandDEM or via Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) for timely updates.