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U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS NATIONAL FISHING WEEK WITH EDUCATIONAL EVENTS AROUND THE REGION

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS NATIONAL FISHING WEEK WITH
 EDUCATIONAL EVENTS AROUND THE REGION
 The North Central Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating National Fishing Week 1992, June 1-7, by offering the public a variety of opportunities to participate in fishing activities at service facilities.
 National Fishing Week is celebrated each year throughout the country to encourage participation in the sport of fishing, and to promote fishing conservation. Anglers can sample the fine sport of fishing at their local National Wildlife Refuge, National Fish Hatchery, or other service field office.
 "National Fishing Week highlights the traditional role of fishing in our culture, as well as the importance of sound management of our nation's fishery resource," according to John Christian, acting regional director of the service's North Central Region. "As the week is commemorated through numerous events held at National Wildlife Refuges, fishery facilities and other service field offices throughout the region, the public is encouraged to participate in the full gamut of activities." The variety of events held at service facilities aims to meet the needs and interests of both beginning and experienced anglers.
 Fishing derbies, fish fries, educational seminars and fish festivals are taking place at most field offices. If you would like to experience the challenge of reeling in a splashing rainbow trout, learn a new fishing tip, or just get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature, then join employees and volunteers at one of the service field offices in the region celebrating National Fishing Week.
 The "Pathway to Fishing" program will highlight the activities at Minnesota Valley, Crab Orchard and DeSoto National Wildlife Refuges. This program has recently been developed as a cooperative effort between the service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Berkley Outdoor Technologies and the In-Fisherman, and is designed to teach basic fishing skills to the beginning angler.
 The 12-station, 1-hour program teaches fishing basics, aquatic ecology, and angler ethics, and provides participants with information about local fishing opportunities. "The purpose of 'Pathway to Fishing' is to encourage people to enjoy the excitement of recreational fishing, be safe, ethical and successful anglers; and be good stewards of our nation's invaluable fishery resources," said John Leonard, deputy fisheries associate manager-hatcheries.
 At the Regional Office in Minneapolis/St. Paul a "Fish Fest" will be held on June 3, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for federal employees, local school children and the general public. Over 25 fishing displays, demonstrations and activities will be set up at the outdoor festival which will provide information on environmental issued, fishing techniques and fish identification, and also give the participants and opportunity to try their luck at one of the numerous fishing games.
 The highlight of the day will be an awards ceremony for the winners of a school children's fish art contest, featuring songwriter/storyteller Doug Wood entertaining the crowd with songs and stories about the earth. Don Shelby of WCCO, Channel 4, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the 1:15 p.m. awards ceremony and present the awards to all of the contest winners.
 As an agency of the Department of Interior, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enhances, protects, preserve and restores fish and wildlife resources throughout the nation. The North Central Region has responsibility for the states of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and Ohio. For information on special fishing week events in these areas, contact your local Fish and Wildlife Service Office, or the Regional Office, 612-725-3519, TDD 612-725-3131.
 CONTACT: Joan Guilfoyle, 612-725-3519, or John Leonard, 612-725-3447, both of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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