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May 4, 2009

Celebrate National Fishing, Boating Week May 31-June 7 by getting outside!

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has been busy preparing for the ninth annual National Fishing and Boating Week, May 31-­June 7.

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. 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.

To get out and learn more about fishing in South Carolina, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Aquatic Education Section will be offering a free basic fishing seminar for families Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 at the Cohen Campbell Fish Hatchery in at 2726 Fish Hatchery Road, West Columbia. Reservations are required, as space is limited. To obtain more information or reserve your spot, call Lorianne Riggin at (803) 737-8483 or e-mail aquaticed@dnr.sc.gov. The week’s events will continue with three youth fishing rodeos to be held Saturday, June 6 around the state. These events will be held in Darlington, Oconee and Richland counties.

In addition to the aquatic education courses, DNR will be offering three boater education courses in the Calhoun/Orangeburg Area, Richland/Lexington area and Spartanburg County. Unless noted, boater education courses are free of charge, but require pre-registration. More information can be found at DNR Boater Education for these and all additional upcoming boater education courses.

The week’s events will be capped off with South Carolina’s free fishing days June 6-7. 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 be borrowed for the free fishing days at a nearby tackle loaner site. The state’s 26 tackle loaner sites are housed in state and county parks all over South Carolina. Make sure to call ahead to the tackle loaner site of your choice to find out more information about the site you’ll be visiting, the type of bait you’ll need to bring and to make sure equipment will be available. To rent out equipment is free!

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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