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Secretary Jewell to Kick Off National Fishing and Boating Week with Students on Anacostia River
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WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, June 3, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould will join more than 200 students to kick off National Fishing and Boating Week with recreational and educational activities along the Anacostia River. Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris and Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) Founder Bob Nixon will be among the participants. Secretary Jewell will offer brief remarks at 10:00 am and participate in fishing and boating activities with the students immediately following.
Sponsored by 13 local and federal government agencies, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations, the event will feature hands-on experiences that teach youth about conservation of fish and aquatic resources, as well as fishing and boating. ECC will also demonstrate its live “osprey-cam” for viewing wildlife.
Speakers and Participants
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould
Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris
Earth Conservation Corps Founder Bob Nixon
200-plus 4th to 7th grade students from D.C. metro region
Leaders from government, nongovernmental organizations and industry
Bass Pro Shops
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Alexandria Seaport Foundation
American Sportfishing Association
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
Anacostia Watershed Society
Earth Conservation Corps
National Park Trust
Potomac Riverboat Company
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
National Fishing and Boating Week Kick-Off Event
Monday, June 3, 2013 at 10:00 am
Earth Conservation Corps Pump House
1502 First St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Credentialed members of the media should RSVP to Emily Beyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 8:00 PM on Sunday, June 1, 2013.