Fish and Wildlife Health Outreach Efforts

By Catalina Brown

Fish and Wildlife Health (FWH) staff are committed to outreach projects that not only inform citizens about our role in the community regarding fish kills and disease, but also to promote the good work of other worthy, charitable causes associated with FWC.

Two outstanding outreach events that we participated in were the Steve Yerrid Kids Fishing Derby, in support of the National Cancer Pediatric Foundation, and the Tampa Bay Watch Open House.

FWH along with DMFM staff attended this year’s fishing derby to support the great work of this foundation. This annual event demonstrates that conservation and fishing are not independent. Attendees participated in a fishing rally and approximately a hundred kids went fishing with donated gear from local sponsors. FWH provided support and answered questions about habitat, fishing regulations and general “fish” questions.