National Fishing and Boating Week 2012 closes with canoe races, happy parents

Tuesday's activies featured an ‘inshore family fishing derby’ with the kids and their parents at Faga’alu Park trying their hand at catching the ‘big one'. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The ‘National Fishing and Boating Week’ 2012 hosted by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) throughout last week, came to a conclusion last Friday at Sadies by the Sea in Utulei with canoe paddling races between DMWR, Department of Public Works, Emergency Medical Services and the Department of Public Safety Marine Patrol. The event was put on by the American Samoa Association of Paddlers to close out the week’s events.

“Everything went great, despite the weather that gave us a little bit of trouble. The kids were good sports about it,” said the DMWR Information Education Head Maria Mauga-Vaofanua. “The kids and parents were all wonderful and had a great time. I hope the kids learned a lot during the week,” she said. 

National Fishing and Boating Week is celebrated throughout the United States during the first week of June, to encourage families to get outdoors into the water to experience the joys of boating and fishing. However, DMWR chose to celebrate our Fishing and Boating week in July this year, because of June commitments.

The celebration here in the territory began last Monday and had over twenty five kids up to the age of twenty learn about the environment, with boat and fishing safety highlighted.

The week started with boat safety demonstrations, environmental lessons and a boat ride on Monday; on Tuesday there was an ‘inshore family fishing derby’ with the kids and their parents at Faga’alu Park trying their hand at catching the ‘big one’; on Wednesday the youngsters received certificates and prizes for the fish they caught and an ‘offshore fishing’ event with prizes for the biggest catch and most weight for the instructors and adults was held; on Thursday there was a seafood competition with prizes, and; on Friday, canoe races were held to close out the week.


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