Would You Attend More Free Fishing Clinics?

The Department of Environmental Conservation is considering adding to the number of free fishing courses it offers each year. Would you go, or bring your kid?

According to an article on Newsday, officials with the Department of Environmental Conservation are considering upping the number of free fishing clinics in an effort to boost interest, which reportedly generates about $1.8 million statewide annually and supports 70,000 jobs.

The article quotes South Fork Assemblyman Fred Thiele, I-Sag Harbor, as saying, "This is a way of promoting one of the key industries on the East End. This is the first time in a long time we have put this kind of focus on recreational fishing."

Currently there are four free fishing clinics on Long Island each year, which range in topics from lakeside fishing to crab fishing.

Would you take advantage of the extra offerings, or would you prefer to learn - or teach - on your own? If you'd like to see more, what kind of clinics would you like to see added?

Click here to read the Newsday article.

SR March 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Sure it's a great idea for the kids. Fishing is always fun.
Virginia Emily Tran March 14, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Yes! This always helps the cub scouts complete requirements for advancement. The little boys love fishing with their parents too! More free fishing clinics are very appreciated by HB scouts!
mhorine1 March 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I would love it!
Frank T March 14, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Interesting, one government agency promoting fishing and other federal agencies limit recreational fishing telling us what we can't fish for and when we can fish. Just remember these are not free classes, our taxes paid for these lessons.
Erin Schultz March 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Scott Hunzinger said on Facebook: "What's the hook? Hahaha - okay, I clearly need some sleep."


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