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#06-83 April 3, 2006

Download new ‘My First Fish’ certificate from web site

You can show the world your child’s newfound angling skills with a downloadable form from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ SC Reel Kids program.

The “My First Fish” certificate recognizes a new angler’s achievement of catching their first fish. You canLink to "My First Fish" include the angler’s name, date, species caught, and fishing buddy to commemorate the event. You can also place a photograph of the new trophy on the certificate. Get the form (PDF required) at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/aquaticed/pdf/certandframe.pdf.

For more information on the SC Reel Kids program, contact S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) aquatic education coordinator BeBe Harrison at (803) 737-8483 in Columbia or visit the Web site at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/screelkids or http://www.dnr.sc.gov/ and click on “Education.”

The goal of DNR’s SC Reel Kids program is to help children learn about and enjoy their natural environment. As an SC Reel Kid, children will do more than just go fishing. They will work toward goals like catching their first fish, learning about fish and improving fish habitats. Each child will receive a reward for each goal completed. SC Reel Kids is a free program for parents and children or families.

Some SC Reel Kids’ goals include: The state Department of Natural Resources’ SC Reel Kids aquatic education program is supported with federal Sportfish Restoration Funds, which returns money to state natural resources agencies from excise taxes on fishing equipment for conservation projects and habitat protection and restoration.
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