Introduce Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Something Fishy project. Please mention our partners the Education Centres. Some notes - The ‘Something Fishy’ Project was a concept conceived by staff of the Central Fisheries Board (CFB) in 2002. It was developed as collaboration between the CFB and Blackrock Education Centres (BEC). The creation of a schools education pack was the brief given to a team led by Marian Rollins. This team created lesson plans and activity sheets based on the theme of the ‘Life cycle of salmon’ - Bradán. Following the development of the Something Fishy pack BEC worked with the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT) to produce web based resources for the project. This led to the development of the Something Fishy web site - www.somethingfishy.ie Something Fishy was launched by Mary Hanafin TD (Minister for Education and Science), in 2004.Though educationally well received Something Fishy was not taken up by as many schools as originally hoped for. In discussions between the CFB and BEC it was decided promote the project to schools through the national network of Education Centres. This re launch of the project was planned to take place at the start of the academic year in September 2006 but was deferred due to the launch of another similar project at that time. In 2006 / 07 the project was further enhanced with three new elements being added to the project. Firstly ‘School visits and Field trips,’ the Regional Fisheries Boards (RFB’s) arranged field trips with the schools taking part in the project allowing students to get a ‘hands on’ experience This required liaison between the local schools coordinators and the RFB’s. Secondly a competition. All schools taking part in Something Fishy were asked to submit a project dealing with any aspect covered in the Something Fishy work. Prizes were awarded at RFB level with the best projects from each RFB going through to a national final. Finally named coordinators, one from the Fisheries Boards and one from the Education Centres.
Mark. H. V. Corps Angling Advisor & Educational Outreach coordinator
• Launched in 2004 at Blackrock Education Centre by Minister Mary Hanafin• To inform & educate students about water quality, fish, the environment & angling• SF is aimed at 5 & 6 classes in Primary school
• 2010 / 11 - 163 schools took part Some 4000 students• 2011 / 12 - 126 schools took part Just over 3000 students
Dublin Angling Initiative• Set up in 1995• To promote, develop and improve angling in the Dublin & Greater Dublin area• Runs fishing courses for young people from National & Secondary schools, summer projects and youth services• Stock waterways / lakes in the Dublin area, providing anglers with a greater variety of fishing
• First run on a national scale in 2009• Aims to encourage adults & children who may never have fished before to take up angling• Work with angling clubs & organisations to promote all types of angling• Promote the role of the fisheries service in protecting & conserving our fisheries resource
Outreach programmes• In the UK in 2000, Mick Watson, set up ‘Get Hooked.’ to engage young people in an activity to divert them from anti-social behaviour• Originally delivered by Durham Agency against Crime• Successful so other similar projects set up such as Dreamstore, Angling Projects, Cast Angling Project
• It improved school attendance rates & involved participants in positive alternatives to criminal behaviour• In July 2006 the Durham scheme formed a social enterprise ‘Get Hooked North East Ltd’
Angling for Youth Development to offer people of all backgrounds & abilities opportunities to participate in the sport of angling, thereby improving their quality of life’
Objectives• Provide safety awareness through education & good practice• Develop young people’s skills & self- confidence• Encourage responsible & positive participation within the sport & the community• Raise awareness of environmental issues• Provide instruction of the highest quality in angling techniques & fishing etiquette
• Divert people away from anti-social behaviour so reducing crime to create safer communities• Support participants wishing to gain recognised qualifications in angling
• The original course was created by Strathclyde policemen, Knight & Stewart in 2002• Put in place with the help of the Scottish Anglers National Association and Knight• Developed to target ‘socially excluded’ students• Evolved for students as an academic qualification
Evolution of AFYD• 2002 original course designed• 2004 AFYD set up• 2008 grown into the largest angling training organisation in Scotland gaining charitable trust status• 2009 got Scottish SQA approval (and SCQF Credit) for its Game Angling and Fishery Science Courses.
Game angling course modules1. History of Angling & the Game Species2. Angling Equipment3. Fly Fishing (Casting & Tactics)4. Water Safety5. Angling & Wildlife Law6. Angling & Environmental Law.7. Fly Tying8. Insects & creatures of the aquatic environment
Modules• Work Journal• Practical Skills Assessment• Module Exam