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Ensuring the future of fishing

F3’s Mission is … … to promote fishing as an important part of a healthy, happy lifestyle and to increase the number of people who receive quality fishingeducation programs and experiences that lead them to become lifelong, conservationminded anglers.

History  Established in 1986 by Berkley & Company  Now an independent national non-profit (501)(c)(3)    

organization with operations overseen by a board of directors Programs have involved over 1 million youths. Introduced aquatic-education programs in schools and communities across the U.S. Developed partnerships with and serves as a national voice/clearinghouse for organizations with similar missions Supports service-learning projects that have improved aquatic resources in all 50 states

What Makes F3 Special?  Nationally recognized as the leader in sportfishing and

aquatic-resource education. As such F3 serves as a key resource for local, state and regional program administrators.  Provided the first, and now the most extensive, nationally coordinated effort using trained facilitators to deliver hands-on fishing and aquatic-resource education to school-aged children.  Unique programs offer a series of classroom and outdoor sessions and not just one-day introductory experiences. Youths receive continual contact from knowledgeable fishing educators, increasing the likelihood they will become conservation-minded anglers in adulthood.

What Makes F3 Special? ď‚— Since 1986, F3

programs have reached

1 MILLION + school-aged children

in all 50 states an achievement unequalled by any other fishing-education organization.

The Need for F3 Services ď‚— With fishing

participation rates and angler retention at the lowest levels in decades, F3’s mission to increase the number of school-aged children who fish is more important than ever.

Fact ď‚— Children who get

outdoors to fish and experience nature perform better in school, exhibit less stress and are less likely to experience problems such as obesity and attention deficit disorder.

Fact ď‚— The number of 6- to 15-

year-olds who fished fell from 10.5 million in 1996 to 8.3 million in 2006, a decline of 2.2 million in just 10 years.

Fact ď‚— In 1990, 65% of all

individuals who had ever fished in their lives remained active. By 2005, this percentage had fallen to 57%. Angler retention fell 8% in just 15 years.

Fact ď‚— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service says “... long-term fishing involvement is associated with early initiation.� In other words, those initiated into fishing at younger ages are more active anglers later in life. Therefore, the declines just noted should be of great concern to individuals, organizations and companies directly associated with fishing.

Fewer Future Anglers Means ‌  Fewer fishing license

sales that fund state fish-and-wildlife agency conservation and management programs

Fewer Future Anglers Means ‌  Decreased sales of

boats and tackle that support fishing-industry manufacturers, distributors and retailers

Fewer Future Anglers Means …  Reduction in the

amount of excise taxes collected on sales of fishing gear and boating fuel that fund aquaticresources conservation and education

Fewer Future Anglers Means …  Fewer anglers spending

money on food, lodging, transportation and other fishing-trip-related expenses that help support our nation’s $125 billion a year sportfishing industry.

These Facts Show… There’s Never Been a Greater Need for F3’s Services as a National Coordinator of Fishing Education Programs.

Primary Programs  Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs  Physh Ed Fishing and Boating Initiative  C.A.T.C.H. (Caring Anglers Teaching

Children How)  Aquatic Resources Education


Hooked On Fishing

Hooked On Fishing  Introduced in 1986 at the request of a Florida

teenager  Curriculum developed by a team of educators and prevention specialists  Initiated state aquatic-education movement in the 1980s during “Just Say No” campaign  Implemented in more than 25 states  F3 trains state coordinators who then train instructors to deliver HOFNOD programs at schools, community centers, parks and clubs.

Physh Ed

Physh Ed  Developed in 2003 with the goal to reach children

during school hours  Originally introduced as part of physical education with National Association of Sport & Physical Education and Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation  Currently implemented as part of science, art and physical education/lifetime sports  Involves more than 120,000 students in 325 schools in 47 states


C.A.T.C.H  Collaborative program with the Department of

Justice and Boys & Girls Clubs of America  Part of the Youth Partnership for Crime Prevention Initiative  Uses Hooked On Fishing curriculum  Implemented at 30 Boys & Girls Clubs across the U.S.

Aquatic Resources Education Program

Aquatic Resources Education Program  When funds available to states through the Wallop-

Breaux Act expanded to include a portion that could be used for fishing and aquatic resources education, the Foundation took the lead by hosting a conference for all state fish and wildlife coordinators.  Partnerships formed as a result of this conference have been key to F3’s national leadership role. States offering fishing-education programs grew from just two to 42.  Many of these programs are on-going and program facilitators continue to rely on F3 for enhancing the partnerships and providing educational materials that include the Aquatic Resources Education Curriculum.

Facts About F3 Programs  Outreach to a diverse audience: urban and rural,  

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inclusive of all students and can involve family Each program can be individualized based on group need and resources. Options include basic spin casting, fly fishing, fly tying and tackle crafting, canoeing and kayaking, rod building, aquatic biology and conservation service learning projects. More than 85% of Physh Ed schools continue programs after the initial year! In 2009, Physh Ed schools received over $165,000 in equipment and volunteer donations.

F3 Program Impacts

F3 Programs …  Encourage children to spend more time actively exploring

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the outdoors and less time playing video games and watching television, which require only passive participation Help develop positive life skills such as decision-making, goal-setting, communicating meaningfully with others and choosing to remain drug-free Teach aquatic biology, conservation and ethics Are designed to help children advance in reading, writing, math and science. Develop tomorrow’s anglers and environmental stewards and help bring families closer together.


Training  Audience includes school teachers and

administrators, club leaders, aquatic-education professionals, private organizations.  Curriculum provides background information plus activities that support skill development.  Participants receive both classroom and field experiences, including hands-on learning.  Training sessions include information about state and local partners who can provide assistance.

Trainings  Local, state and national training available  Delivered by F3 staff and trained volunteers  Training is planned to meet the needs of each

particular group and includes classroom and hands-on activities.  Participants learn how to deliver the curriculum and are provided information on additional resources, the Tackle for Educators discount program and other support available from F3.

Curriculum  Hooked On Fishing Not On Drugs  Four units of study: Angling Skills, Fish Biology, Aquatic Education and Conservation, and Positive Life Skills.  Student manual: Sport Fishing and Aquatic Resources Handbook  Base curriculum for CATCH program.  Aquatic Resources Education Curriculum  Provides additional activities to supplement HOFNOD.  Base curriculum for Physh Ed program.  Most state programs use AREC and HOFNOD.

Print Resources and DVD

Additional Resources  Supplemental lesson plans from educators  Tackle for Educators discount program for

educators  Grant opportunities  State and national partner resources

Partners  Partnerships provide the foundation for program

sustainability and viability and enable F3 to carry its message to a wide variety of audiences. Partners include:  Youth organizations  State aquatic educators  Non-profit organizations  Industry partners  Conservation organizations

Key Partnerships with National Organizations

Key Partnerships with Non-Profit Organizations

Key Partnerships with Professional Fishing Organizations

Key Corporate Partnerships

Our Future Anglers

Our Future Anglers

Our Future Anglers

Questions? Keith Sutton Executive Director (501) 847-9643 Teresa Rodriguez Director of Education (703)402-0004

F3 PPT V1 for general use  

Description of F3 and its programs

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