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May 23, 2024

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J.W. Mitchell High School fishing team

FWC announces winner of the School Fishing Club Conservation Project Competition

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) School Fishing Club Program
congratulates the J.W. Mitchell High School fishing team as the Grand Prize winner of the FWC’s
School Fishing Conservation Project Competition. The students completed various conservation
projects including cleaning up their local waterways and working to restore vital aquatic habitat.

All student anglers participating in the FWC’s 2023-24 School Fishing Club Program were required
to plan at least one conservation project to qualify for funding associated with the program. Prizes
from our partners were offered for the conservation project winners as incentives for student anglers
to complete multiple conservation initiatives throughout the year. The FWC’s Conservation Project
Competition awarded points per club participation in a variety of conservation-minded activities
aimed at reducing the impacts of plastic pollution.

“Programs like the School Fishing Club are integral to introducing Florida’s youth to the great sport
of fishing and inspiring stewardship of our marine resources,” said Jessica McCawley, Director of
Marine Fisheries Management. “These students are the next generation of anglers, and we are
pleased to continue supporting their passion and maintaining our state as the Fishing Capital of the
World.”

J.W. Mitchell High School won the Grand Prize, a set of sunglasses provided by Hobie Eyewear
and a private in-person custom rod building class with Mud Hole Custom Tackle. East Bay K-3
won the Second Place Prize and Punta Gorda Middle School won the Third Place Prize. The prizes
for the 2023-24 competition were provided by Hobie Eyewear, Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Fish
Florida, Flambeau Outdoors and Pure Fishing.

“Supporting youth participation in angling and increasing our sustainability initiatives have been
high priorities for Hobie Eyewear. Over the past few years, we’ve made conscious efforts to reduce
single-use plastic in our packaging and have continued researching and testing ways to utilize recycled
materials in select product offerings and utilize eco-friendly manufacturing and freight methods. We’ve
also participated in and supported several cleanups of our waterways. This past year we joined Bass-
master Elite Series Angler, Carl Jocumsen for the first ever Fear My Heart Lake Cleanup on the Ten-
nessee River and proudly donated sunglasses from our Floating Collection to all the participants,”
said Dylan Coates, Marketing Manager of Hobie Eyewear

FWC’s School Fishing Club Program welcomed 23 new and 15 returning student angling clubs in
Florida to the program in 2023, supported by the Division of Marine Fisheries Management, the
Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management and the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.
The clubs committed to complete the provided FWC curriculum, and at least one conservation project.
Club mentors provided support and hands-on training in knot-tying and fishing gear assembly, as well
as assistance with the clubs’ local events to increase student anglers’ confidence in the sport of fishing.
For more information about the School Fishing Club Program, visit MyFWC.com/SFC.

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