Kids Learn Safe Fishing

CHILDREN in the Esperance region are being educated on the importance of rock fishing safety by a dedicated band of local volunteers.

Nine outlying schools around the region have enjoyed rock fishing safety visits from the hard workers at the South-East Recreational Fishing Council this year. They have included schools at Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe, Condingup and Salmon Gums, with more than 200 students involved. All the schools within Esperance itself will be receiving visits next term.

cooper at school

The visits include a 20-minute educational talk on rock fishing safety, prizes for all students and the chance to win major prizes for the best rock fishing safety drawings.

Local Graham Cooper is one of the leaders of the group and said the program was aimed at primary school and early high school students. Graham said the response to the talks, similar to the ones Ray Walker has run around Busselton and Dunsborough for several years, has been very good. It is no wonder that both Graham and Ray have been recognised as Recfishwest’s community champions.

Graham is certain the message on rock fishing safety is hitting the mark with the younger generation and the visits are also receiving great feedback from teachers.

At the end of September, Esperance will also be holding a Mallee Muster for all the outlying schools, with a fishing safety clinic being held at the Esperance Deep Sea Fishing Club. More than 60 kids are expected to attend the muster and experience fishing education in an environment where they might not ever get the chance.

Anyone wanting to contact the South-East Recreational Fishing Council can do so on grahamlauren2@bigpond.com.