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Fossil Creek Draws New Anglers, Introduces Arizonans to Hands-on Native Fish Fun and Conservation
Southwest Region, October 3, 2009
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Experienced anglers and 40 youngsters and their families were introduced to fishing for a native game fish on the recently renovated Fossil Creek.  Arizona Ecological Services Office, Arizona Game and Fish Department and five angler conservation groups partnered to provide a unique seasonal fishery for native roundtail and headwater chubs on 4.5 miles of the scenic travertine stream.  While some groups have advocated managing the creek as a hands-off fish refugium, AESO partners and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission favor the North American Wildlife Conservation Model - that our fish and wildlife belong to all North American citizens, and that they are to be managed in such a way that their populations will be sustained forever.  A jointly sponsored opening day event brought many first-time anglers (75% preteen girls) to the stream; enthusiastic recruits to the "Chub Club." AESO staff provided education to children and their families about native fish and other aquatic species and assisted with event planning and implementation.  Each child was paired with an experienced fisherman who taught them how to tie a fly, prepare their fishing gear, hook a fish, and release their  fish unharmed. 

Contact Info: Nick Carrillo, (602) 242-0210x203, nick_carrillo@fws.gov



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