2009-02-20 / School News

Local Students Learn About Seine Fishing

Students seining for fish. Students seining for fish. Rockaway Waterfront Alliance's Environmentor after school program recently ventured out to Bayswater Park for an exciting lesson on seining. Seine fishing can be done either on boats in deep bodies of water or on foot in shallow bodies of water. The students from Kappa VI and PS 43 learned about the alternative method to pole and line fishing used by many people around the world to earn their livelihoods and support their families.

There are families in Rockaway who depend on the fish offshore for nutrition, and all students were able to participate in the challenging and exciting fishing method. Working together as a team and learning about the quality of water in Jamaica Bay were complementary benefits to learning the sometimes clumsy technique of seining. Although students only caught guppies and seaweed, for many this was a rare opportunity, which they relished.

Program coordinator Devona Sharpe jumps into action, waders and all. Program coordinator Devona Sharpe jumps into action, waders and all. Students find horseshoe crabs along Jamaica Bay. Students find horseshoe crabs along Jamaica Bay. Student in waders prepares to go seining. Student in waders prepares to go seining.

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