Kids’ fishing workshops

Disadvantaged kids on the NSW Central Coast last week took part in a Learn To Fish workshop at Terrigal.

The workshop, organised by Industry and Investment NSW in conjunction with the Haven Education Centre, is teaching kids who’ve had little exposure to fishing a set of skills which can be used for the rest of their lives.

Director of The Haven Education Centre, Chris Kokegei, said his centre is made up of students from across the region who have experienced difficulty in their lives and cannot attend mainstream school.

“These skills are important because the future of our waterways and fish stocks will be, to a large extent, in the hands of today’s youth,” said Kokegei.

“And it will also give these kids valuable life lessons and a recreation they can enjoy for many years to come.”

I&I NSW Fisheries Community Relations Manager, George Mannah, said the workshop covered all the practical skills including safety, environmental considerations and how to use equipment, as well as knots, rigging, casting and maintenance.

“It is a great way to teach young people about the importance of safety and sustainable fishing and hopefully they have a lot of fun at the same time,” he said.

Chris Kokegei said that as a follow up to the workshop students will become fishing mentors and teach younger students from primary schools in the area.

“This presents a wonderful opportunity for our students to become positive role models and pass on their knowledge to others,” he said.

I&I NSW provided students with a rod and reel and a tackle box and give the school follow-up educational material.

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