Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs® Workshops Scheduled for May 17 in Baldwin County

CONTACT: Doug Darr, (334) 242-3471

“Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs®” (HOFNOD) uses a mentor-based fishing program to teach fishing skills and positive life choices. On Thursday, May 17, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host a “Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs Workshop” at the new 5 Rivers, Alabama’s Delta Resource Center on the Mobile Causeway. This one-day workshop will allow participants to conduct a mentor-based fishing program that will make a difference in children’s lives. Science teachers, physical education teachers, counselors, Boys and Girls Club workers, bass club members, parks and recreation department employees, and volunteers are invited to improve the lives of youth through HOFNOD skills. Mature high school students who would like to mentor younger students are also welcome. Participants may register for the event by contacting Doug Darr with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division at doug.darr@dcnr.alabama.gov or (334) 242-3471. For local registration, call Lynn Garris at (251) 626-5962. Participants should register by Monday, May 14.

The one-day training session will give volunteers activities and lessons to help children make appropriate decisions and learn to become ethical anglers. “Hooked on Fishing – Not on Drugs” programs require youth to participate in fishing and stewardship activities, in addition to learning about making good life choices through role-playing and other training. Although workshop participants will learn to improve their fishing abilities and to teach youth how to fish, the main goal is to learn about the HOFNOD Program. Participants become certified HOFNOD instructors and will be able to use the “Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs®” name and logo.

“Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs®” is a partnership program among the Future Fisherman Foundation, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, and volunteers.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR visit www.outdooralabama.com.