Florida LAKEWATCH and Fishing for Success

Fishing For Success

What's Inside?

Family Fishing Days
On-site tours
Off-site programs
Special Programs

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Meet the Team!

Fishing for Success

(UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation)

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
7922 NW 71st St.
Gainesville, FL 32653

Phone: (352) 273-3622

...a hook and a line and the fishin's just fine!

Fishing For Success (FFS) is a multifaceted program that uses fishing and other related activities as the "hook" to introduce children of all ages to various aspects of fisheries and aquatic environmental sciences. The current program began in 1998, and has constantly evolved to meet the needs of 4-H extension faculty, teachers, youth group leaders and the community at large. The initial focus of the program was to provide mentoring and career counseling to a small group of underprivileged youth.

Fishing for Success is part of the UF/IFAS Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Florida LAKEWATCH with help from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC), the Gainesville Police Department, and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Today, through a combination of on-site and off-site tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and community fishing events, the program provides education, recreation, and rehabilitation therapy to a large, broad demographic slice of the population. Participation in FFS programs tripled from 2003-2004 and totaled 17,197 in 2007. Participation in 2008 - 2011 totaled 32,668, in 406 programs/tours, events.  This variety of group programs and community fishing days continues to be well-attended. More than 150,000 children have been involved in the FFS program since it began. See Calendar for 2015.

Aluminum Can Recycling:  You can help FFS by collecting cans. Funds received from recycled cans help support the program.  Join with us and other groups and save those cans!  Drop them off here or bring them to Family Fishing Days.  For more information.

That's a big catfish!

I made a wish I'd catch a fish
and get it on to shore.

With Mom and Dad to cheer me on, I think I'll fish for more!

FFS also provides recreation and rehabilitation therapy for groups such as the Assoc. of Retarded Citizens (ARC).

Participants in one of FFS's Special Programs show off their catch from a day of electrofishing at Lake Wauberg.

The whole family can get into the act at the monthly Family Fishing Days!

Faculty advisor Dr. Chuck Cichra hosts a display of aquatic plants at the Florida Museum of Natural History's annual "Something's Fishy" event.

Students examine a crawfish they collected with a dipnet during an on-site school field trip.

School of Forest Resources and Conservation

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