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Fish Busters Bulletin about FWC efforts to make fisheries accessible to everyone. (October 2008)
Fish Busters Bulletin about FWC efforts to make fisheries accessible to everyone. (October 2008)

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Florida Fish Busters
 October 2008
Fishing remains a fun, healthy, tradition available to everyone
By Bob Wattendorf Freshwater fishing is one of the many outdoor recreational activitiesencouraged by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).The FWC views outdoor recreation asa tremendously beneficial opportunity thatshould be available to all residents andvisitors and strives to provide qualityfishing, hunting and wildlife-viewingopportunities.Cheryl Charles, president of the Children and Nature Network, points out,
People throughout the world are increasingly connected by a resonance andpassion, to create a new common sense for the good health of children today andgenerations to come.
 Dr. Andrew Lepp, assistant professor of recreation, park and tourismmanagement at Kent State, said the benefits from outdoor recreation are varied andplentiful. Outdoor recreation has psychological benefits, including the prevention orreduction of stress and improved self-esteem, confidence and creativity. Lepp alsocontends it adds to spiritual growth and leads to an increased sense of exhilaration,adventure and challenge from life. Getting outside provides physical benefits, such
 
as aerobic, cardiovascular and muscular fitness, as well as improved functioning of the immune system.It even offers benefits for the social life. The great outdoors affords socialbenefits, such as bonding with like-minded people who also enjoy outdoor activities,and feeling an increased pride in your community and nation.The economy benefits from all of this activity as well. Outdoor recreationcreates job opportunities for others, which leads to economic growth, andpreservation of the natural areas needed for outdoor recreation increases propertyvalues. The workplace wins because people who regularly participate in outdoorrecreation tend to be more productive at work, Lepp said.The list continues with positive outcomes for the environment. People whoparticipate in outdoors activities usually have increased environmental awareness.This awareness translates to increased involvement in environmental issues.Specific activities such as fishing can add to the enthusiasm and provide a funchallenge to become increasingly skillful. In Florida, the abundance of naturalwaters (7,700 named lakes, 12,000 miles of fishable rivers and canals) means theopportunity is available to everyone. From digging worms and making your owncane pole, to casting a lure develops a connection with nature that comes naturallya
nd has been an American tradition since long before Mark Twain’s tales of the
adventurous Huck Finn.Every year the FWC works with the Florida Disabled Outdoor Association attheir Sportsability event, and this year, we joined them at the Family Café event in

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