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May 31, 2008

DNR events around SC for National Fishing and Boating Week

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has been busy preparing for the eighth annual National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1-8. Boating and fishing both offer valuable opportunities to reconnect with family and friends. Whether it is an afternoon full of excitement out on the water or a relaxing afternoon fishing from the pier, each year this annual event falls on the first week of June.

Learn more about fishing with S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s Aquatic Education Section. A free basic fishing seminar for families will be held Thursday, June 5 at the Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery in West Columbia. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Call Dan DuPre at (803) 734-7486 to obtain more information or reserve your spot.    

Additionally, three youth fishing rodeos will be held Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. These events will be held in Darlington, Jasper, and Richland counties. Visit the Fishing Rodeos web page to learn more about these and the remaining 2008 fishing rodeos.

DNR will also be offering four boater education courses this week in Lexington, Horry, Sumter, and Clarendon counties. Unless noted, boater education courses are free of charge, but require pre-registration.

DNR’s Law Enforcement Division will also be busy conducting boating safety inspections on our South Carolina waterways as school gets out and summer heats up.  Each child spotted wearing a lifejacket during these inspections will be issued a citation noting "I was caught wearing my lifejacket." In partnership with Wendy’s, on the back of the first 25,000 citations issued will be a voucher for one free junior frosty. In addition to a free junior frosty, children caught wearing their lifejacket have the possibility of also receiving a free "I got caught wearing my lifejacket," t-shirt from DNR.  

 The week’s events will be capped off with South Carolina’s free fishing days June 7-8, 2008. Free fishing days allow people who would like to try the sport of fishing to go without having to purchase a license. Fishing equipment and tackle can also be borrowed for the free fishing days at a nearby tackle loaner site. Call ahead and make sure the equipment will be available for use. 

National Fishing and Boating Week is an annual event coordinated by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation to help share the benefits of fishing and boating.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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