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Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs
Outdoor Alabama (ADCNR)
Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) is a national program developed by the Future Fisherman Foundation that uses one of the most popular outdoor activities, fishing, to help youth make wise choices about their lives, while teaching them to respect and enjoy the environment. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) provides free HOFNOD training for Alabama and recently conducted a training session for the Northeast Alabama Community Development Corporation (NACDC).
According to Maurice Jackson, WFF Fisheries Biologist and HOFNOD training instructor, this one-day course gives future instructors the skills needed to lead a mentor-based fishing or boating program that will make a difference in the lives of children in their communities. “Angling and other character-building activities that are built into this program give kids a hobby,” Jackson said. “Our hope is that fishing will preempt or replace drugs in their lives and let them realize their full potential.” For information about future, no-cost training in Alabama, contact WFF’s Aquatic Education staff in Montgomery at 334-242-3884; or Maurice Jackson at 205-477-6301.
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