2008-12-05 / School News

RWA Introduces Students To Fishing

Educator, Vince Howell showing how to bait a hook. Educator, Vince Howell showing how to bait a hook. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) leads an after school Environmental Justice program at PS 43 on Mondays. The program allows students to utilize the shorefront. Last week students took part in a course on fishing and learned not only about water quality, and the fish that make their homes off the shores, but about the lifestyles that many in Far Rockaway lead.

RWA educator Vincent Howell talked about the water on Jamaica Bay and the health advisories that need to be read before eating the fish. Students got to learn how to bait a hook depending on the fish they'd like to catch. They also were given great tips from local fishermen, who took to teaching the students after witnessing a few sad faces when they were unable to get a proper catch. "These things take patience," said one fisherman. "Sometimes we get here at 7 in the morning and don't leave until 5 or so."

The students were grateful for the advice, and although no one brought in a bass as they would have liked, they had the opportunity to witness some of the finest fishermen from Far Rockaway make awe inspiring catches off the dock.

Fisherman pulling in catch. Fisherman pulling in catch.

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