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  • June 18, 2019 1:15 PM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Engaging Kids with the 'Lure' of Angling

    A big challenge for many R3 agencies and organizations is effectively engaging the next generation of anglers. One solution is Into The Outdoors, a new innovative program that’s giving the entire R3 community free educational media that connects with today’s youth and empowers kids to make decisions about outdoor pursuits in three ways: online media, television, and peer-driven classroom learning.
     
    This new program, Getting Families Fishing, has been created and distributed by the Emmy-winning Into the Outdoors Education Network through a partnership with the Future Angler Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing sportfishing across the country. Funded by a multi-state conservation grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the series is producing four new television programs and 16 angling education classroom videos. The series is already broadcasting on syndicated television across multiple states, plus airing the shows 24/7 on five national digital channels. PBS affiliates have even noticed the new series, and with the free national offering, have started airing the shows in some markets.

    This new program, Getting Families Fishing, has been created and distributed by the Emmy-winning Into the Outdoors Education Network through a partnership with the Future Angler Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing sportfishing across the country. Funded by a multi-state conservation grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the series is producing four new television programs and 16 angling education classroom videos. The series is already broadcasting on syndicated television across multiple states, plus airing the shows 24/7 on five national digital channels. PBS affiliates have even noticed the new series, and with the free national offering, have started airing the shows in some markets.

    “With FWS funding, this entire program provides a one-two punch that gets kids interested in angling pathways,” says Dan Bertalan, Director of the Into the Outdoors Education Network. “Multiple channels on the entertainment network can get millions excited about fishing. And when they return to school this fall, teachers nationally will have free online access to the 16 classroom videos and hands-on angling lesson activities.”

    Learn More
    Upon completion, the new television shows and classroom videos will feature kids fishing with family and friends in:
    • Florida Fishing Fun
    • Wild About Walleyes
    • Crazy for Crappies
    • Busting Big Bass
    These full half-hour television shows are freely available to all state and federal agencies, R3 organizations and even corporations and other outdoor television shows via FTP upload. All of the classroom videos and angling lesson activities will be available on IntotheOutdoors.org, the national portal for outdoor education and entertainment. All media and educational content will also be featured on Kidsfishing.US.

    For more information, email intotheoutdoorstv@gmail.com or go to IntoTheOutdoors.org.


  • March 19, 2019 11:03 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is sharing its current list of position vacancy announcements on USAJOBS.  To view and apply for the specific FWS positions that you are eligible for, please click the following link (FWS Vacancy Announcements).

    If you have a question about a specific position vacancy that you are interested in, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed on the announcement.  For more information about FWS job opportunities and employee benefits, please visit our FWS Human Resources page at www.fws.gov/humancapital/.  You can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usfws/) and on Twitter (@USFWS).

    Please share this message with other potential candidates and professional representatives who may have an interest in FWS opportunities.  Thank you and good luck!

  • March 06, 2019 12:30 PM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is sharing its current list of position vacancy announcements on USAJOBS.  To view and apply for the specific FWS positions that you are eligible for, please click the following link (FWS Vacancy Announcements).

    If you have a question about a specific position vacancy that you are interested in, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed on the announcement.  For more information about FWS job opportunities and employee benefits, please visit our FWS Human Resources page at www.fws.gov/humancapital/.  You can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usfws/) and on Twitter (@USFWS).

    Please share this message with other potential candidates and professional representatives who may have an interest in FWS opportunities.  Thank you and good luck!


  • February 26, 2019 9:57 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    We are excited to be recruiting an R3 fisheries biologist for the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection – Fisheries Division!

    Come join our team.  The R3 coordinator position (at link below; closes March 11) is a Fisheries Biologist 1 position stationed in Hartford, CT.

    The selected individual will lead our angler recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) initiatives and general outreach functions.  Of particular note is our strong interest in hiring someone that not only possesses all the skills and abilities we are seeking, but that is also fluent in both English and Spanish.  

    https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=190225&R2=3911EE&R3=001

  • February 21, 2019 7:53 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Visit their current openings at https://www.usajobs.gov/Search/?a=IN15&p=1&s=startdate


  • February 12, 2019 10:16 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    To Prospective Applicants and Professionals:

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is sharing its current list of position vacancy announcements on USAJOBS. This list includes new vacancy announcements for mission critical vacancies from GS-5 thru GS-11.   To view and apply for the specific FWS positions that you are eligible for, please click the following link (FWS Vacancy Announcements).  

    If you have a question about a specific position vacancy that you are interested in, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed on the announcement.  For more information about FWS job opportunities and employee benefits, please visit our FWS Human Resources page at www.fws.gov/humancapital/.  You can also follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usfws/) and on Twitter (@USFWS).

    Please share this message with other potential candidates and professional representatives who may have an interest in FWS opportunities.  Thank you and good luck!


  • February 10, 2019 9:17 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    David Sommers pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to trafficking protected turtles.  

    On July 10, 2018, a grand jury charged Sommers with smuggling a package containing diamondback terrapins to Canada and several Lacey Act offenses for mislabeling the package and trafficking turtles domestically. Sommers pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating the Lacey Act and agreed to forfeit nearly 3,500 diamondback terrapin hatchlings. The Lacey Act is the nation’s oldest wildlife trafficking statute and prohibits falsely labeling packages containing wildlife, fish, or plants.

    Sommers acknowledged that he falsely labeled and trafficked turtles taken from their New Jersey marsh habitat from Aug. 7, 2014, through Oct. 24, 2017. According to the plea agreement, Sommers admitted to sending a package to Canada in 2014 containing 11 terrapin hatchlings. Sommers mislabeled the package as a book and underreported its value to avoid detection by customs authorities. Wildlife authorities from Environment and Climate Change Canada intercepted the package.

    Read whole article in the U.S. Department of Justice press release:  https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/man-pleads-guilty-pennsylvania-trafficking-protected-turtles

  • January 15, 2019 4:30 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE! WEEK OF OCTOBER 7 - 11, 2019

    Why? We are holding the A.R.E.A. - North Central Region Conference - Fall 2019

    Where? The Great State of Michigan has offered to host and we accepted the invitation.

    Benefits? The Prime salmon run is on, great fishing opportunities are available, and a tour with perhaps a hands on session taking eggs at the weir. 

    Planning Committee being formed. If you would like to assist with the A.R.E.A. - North Central Region Conference - Fall 2019 - Planning Committee please let me know. Email michaelbrand314@gmail.com 

    This is your Conference!   Be a part of it!  Mark your Calendars today!

    Michael R. Brand
    Aquatics Resource Education Association
    Board of Directors
    North Central Region Representative
    cell: 314-477-8120


  • November 08, 2018 7:53 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    2018 STATE R3 PROGRAM GRANTS:

    RBFF’s 2018 State R3 Program Grants help fund state programs that are sustainable and replicable angler and boater recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) initiatives and plans that focus on increasing fishing license sales and boat registrations to help achieve 60 million anglers in 60 months.

    The program is designed to support state R3 strategies that fall into one of two focus areas: (1) enhancing the capability of agencies to develop and implement effective angler and/or boater R3 efforts, and (2) implementing angler and/or boater retention or reactivation strategies to help increase participation to 60 million anglers in 60 months by utilizing RBFF’s Toolkits. Proposals are reviewed by RBFF staff and a Proposal Review Working Group, made up of industry Board members, Federal agency and NGO representatives.

    RBFF is no longer soliciting proposals for the 2018 State R3 Program Grants. The RFP for the next grants cycle will be available in 2019. Please view the 2018 State R3 Program Grants RFP and Application for current program information. 

    Contact Stephanie Hussey, State R3 Program Director, with any questions.


  • November 01, 2018 8:49 AM | Carol Paterick (Administrator)

    Vilmarie Roman shared the following announcement – Congrats Vilmarie! For more information about the program, you can contact her at vilmarieprpw@gmail.com

    The Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and the Department of Education signed a collaboration agreement.  The agreement will facilitate the participation of Teachers and students in the Aquatic Resources Education Program activities organized to promote recreational fishing in Puerto Rico.  The Aquatic Resources Education Program, as several other PRDNER programs, is sponsored by the Wildlife and Sport fish Restoration program of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

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