FORKED RIVER, NJ - Children and their â€˜Bigs' from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County spent the afternoon on June 26, 2010 with the Fish Hawks Saltwater Anglers Club members to learn how to fish and learn more about sea life.
Fishing rods, reels and tackle boxes full of fishing gear for each child were purchased by the Fish Hawks through a $2,500 donation from Oyster Creek Generating Station. The Fish Hawks and Oyster Creek Station have partnered for this educational event for the past three years, teaching youth how to cast, tie knots and identify fish species. A session on boating safety was presented by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
"We are thankful for the support that Oyster Creek Generating Station provides to us so that we can make events like this a success," said Jack Henderson, Fish Hawks Board Member. "These kids, who had never fished before, were able to learn a new skill, gain a new hobby and make a few more friends, which is one of the goals of our organization."
"Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County is very grateful of our partnership with Oyster Creek Generating Station. We value organizations such as Oyster Creek and The Fish Hawks because they are community minded and continually give back," said Kelly Hill, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County Program Development Director. "The Fish Hawks do a great job putting together the day-long event and not only do the children learn to fish but they learn about conservation and the marine life in our area. The kids love the event and look forward to it every year."
"The Fish Hawks Saltwater Anglers Club provides a great service to our area youth by teaching them how to fish and teaching them about our local waters," said Mike Massaro, Oyster Creek Generating Station Site Vice President. "The Fish Hawks service to the community is a prime reason why Oyster Creek is glad to donate to organizations in our local community - organizations that improve the lives of local residents."
The Fish Hawk's Saltwater Anglers Club's charter was established on April 6, 1977. The common goal was to form social fishing club, dedicated to good sportsmanship, preservation of the marine environment, and safeguarding our natural resources.