The Bay Area is home to 10% of all classes that hatch fish nationwide. That is an amazing statistic and due to the dynamic work of our partners. There are 23 organizations that work hand-in-hand with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make this program a reality here in the San Francisco Bay area.
This good work has not gone unnoticed.
In 2012, the American Fisheries Society delivered an award for an Outstanding Aquatic Education Program. Dan Nygren, the President of the American Fisheries Society, flew out from Kansas to present the award to us the Fish & Game Commission meeting. Justin Cutler, from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, pointed out that we “give students a reason to care about watershed health.” Chuck Bonham, the Director of Fish & Wildlife, praised the efforts of teachers, staff and flyfishers saying, “We can do all the biological, legal and policy work imaginable, but we need to inspire and touch the soul of our children and their children. Reaching students is central to our success.”
In 2013, The Aquatic Resource Educators Association recognized the Bay Area Program as an outstanding example of a partner-based aquatic education program. This award was given to the Northern California Council Federation of Fly Fishers for their outstanding andlong term support of the program.
Keep up the good work folks! We are making a difference.