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Press Release

Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs® Training March 7 in Prattville

February 16, 2006

Training for a mentor-based fishing program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, in Prattville. “Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs®” (HOFNOD) uses fishing as a vehicle to teach positive life choices, including staying away from drug use. This one-day course provides the skills needed to lead 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.

The workshop will be held in the Doster Center and is hosted by the City of Prattville Department of Leisure Services, the Autauga County Extension Office, and the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. “Hooked On Fishing – Not On Drugs®” is a partnership program among the Future Fisherman Foundation, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and volunteers. Participants should register by March 3 through the City of Prattville’s Department of Leisure Services, telephone number 334-361-3640.

The one-day training session will give volunteers activities and lessons to help children make appropriate decisions and learn to become ethical anglers. HOFNOD 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. Workshop participants will not only learn to improve their fishing abilities, they will learn how to teach youth how to fish. Participants will become certified HOFNOD instructors and have the ability to use the “Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs®” name and logo.

For more details about HOFNOD or the training, contact Doug Darr, Aquatic Education Coordinator with the Alabama Wildlife and Fisheries Division’s Fisheries Section, at 334-242-3471.

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