PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the City of Central Falls and Progreso Latino, will host a family fishing event at Lincoln Woods State Park on Saturday. The event is part of DEM's ongoing efforts to promote outdoor recreation and environmental education in communities across the state.
WHEN: Saturday, October 7 | 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln
As part of the festivities, instructors from DEM's Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) program will teach participants how to catch and clean trout. DEM teamed up with the City and Progreso Latino this summer to host a saltwater fishing excursion for residents of the Central Falls community; as part of this earlier event, some 50 people enjoyed a day on Narragansett Bay aboard the Francis Fleet Charter from Galilee, learning about the diversity and abundance of marine life in the Bay and catching over 50 fish.
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. 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.
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