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Inishowen youths 'Go Fishing' 29.10.20

INLAND Fisheries Ireland (IFI), Education and Outreach team are working with Foróige in Donegal to get young people fishing with their 'Go Fishing' programme. Due to public health related restrictions on gatherings, the programme has now evolved into a blended learning experience that consists of one online course every week for four weeks and a local fishing trip for the fifth session to complete the programme.
Young people from the Foróige group in Inishowen 'Go Fishing' on Buncrana beach.
In August 2020, the IFI brought young people from a Foróige group based in Inishowen for an afternoon of shore fishing at Buncrana beach as part of their field trip with the 'Go Fishing' programme. Participants learned how to set up a beach casting rod, attach a rig using the improved clinch knot, how to bait up using mackerel, razorfish, lug worm and use bait elastic. The weather was perfect for fishing and the participants caught some nice sized dog fish. At the end of the session the participants were presented with “Go Fishing” goodie bags and a certificate of awareness for completing the course.
Orla Taylor, Youth Worker at Foróige said: “Inland Fisheries presented their sessions in an engaging and well organised way, telling stories of catches and experiences they have had. This made it very real for the young people. The group loved the experience and are looking forward to trying more fishing.”
The four week online programme is designed for young people between the ages of 12-17 years old. Group numbers for the fishing trip are always in line with the current public health advice, however up to 20 people can partake in the online course. With consideration of the current situation all fishing field trips will take place in 2021. Participants will learn about Ireland’s inland fisheries and the benefits of angling, the biodiversity of our waterways, becoming a steward of our waterways and the environment and the basics of angling.
For more information about the programme and if you wish to register a groups interest please email outreach@fisheriesireland.ie and a local IFI Education and Outreach coordinator will be in contact.
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