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CELEBRATE NATIONAL FISHING WEEK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 7, 2000 Contact:Vicki McCoy 404/679-7287

Tom MacKenzie 404-679-7291

Please use the Appropriate first paragraph for your State:

FLORIDA:

Come enjoy the excitement of a young child catching their first fish during Kid's Fishing Day at the at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, Florida on Saturday, June 10, from 9 until noon. The Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel has a full day of National Fishing Week events on June 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ARKANSAS:

Come enjoy the excitement of a young child catching their first fish. National Wildlife Refuges and Fish Hatcheries throughout Arkansas are holding youth fishing derbies and rodeos on Saturday, June 10, 2000. The Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in Crossett has a derby from 8 a.m. to noon. and White River National Wildlife Refuge in Dewitt and Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery in Heber Springs have derbies have 8 to 11 a.m. The Norfolk National Fish Hatchery in Mountain Home has scheduled a derby from 9 to 11 a.m.

GEORGIA:

Come enjoy the excitement of a young child catching their first fish during Kids Fishing for Fun day at the Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery in Warm Springs, Georgia, on Saturday, June 10. Children 4 to 12 years of age and physically-impaired anglers of all ages are invited to fish from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

TENNESSEE:

Come enjoy the excitement of a young child catching their first fish during the Kid's Fishing Rodeos at Dale Hollow National Fish Hatchery in Celina and the Reelfoot Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Dyersburg. Both events are scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2000, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Come enjoy the excitement of a young child catching their first fish during Kids Fishing Educational Day at the Orangeburg National Fish Hatchery in Orangeburg, South Carolina, on Saturday, June 10, 2000, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

REST OF THE NEWS RELEASE IS THE SAME DOWN TO FREE FISHING DAY.

This event is one of the more than 2,500 events that are being held nationwide to celebrate the 21st annual National Fishing Week from June 3-11, 2000," said Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"The Fish and Wildlife Service joins the American Sportfishing Association and several other State, Federal and private organizations in sponsoring events aimed at encouraging Americans to fish, enjoy the outdoors, and practice natural resource conservation," said Hamilton. "More than 500,000 people nationwide are expected to participate in Fishing Week events."

As part of National Fishing Week, most southeastern states are offering free fishing days with no fishing license requirements.(****NOTE: Insert free fishing day for your State: South Carolina's free fishing days are June 10-11. Arkansas' free fishing days are June 9-11. Tennessee's free fishing day is June 10. Georgia's free fishing day is June 10. Florida - leave this sentence out)**** For more information on free fishing days, visit the national fishing week website at www.gofishing.org.

Release #: R00-021

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