Saturday at Goleta:
UPSAC and the Scouts
Posted by ken Jones
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on Jun-11-07 6:03pm
June of 2006, United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC) was awarded
a grant by the “Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary Foundation.” The grant
proposal, titled “Goleta Pier, A Platform For Education and Conservation,”
stated, as its premise, the following: “The project is primarily an educational
and outreach program designed to (1) teach local youth the importance of
piers to the aquatic community, (2) teach them rules and regulations pertaining
to saltwater angling, and (3) give them the opportunity to experience first
hand the beauty and mysteries involved when dealing with our saltwater
initial endeavor was the development of six lesson plans:
1 - Introduction to Goleta Pier
2 - Responsible Fishing
3 - Managing The Resources
4 - Data Collection
5 - Pier Fishing Basics
6 - Fishing, Research and Observation
initial introduction of these lessons took place Saturday, June 9, at the
Goleta Pier. The teachers/mentors were a group of individuals from the
United Pier and Shore Anglers of California (UPSAC). The local youth were
Boy Scouts from several different Santa Barbara troops.
and mentors were Ken Jones (The Pier Fisherman), Ben Acker (Dompfa Ben),
James Liu (GDude), Hashem Nahid (Mahigheer), Mike Spence (Santa), and Boyd
Grant (Pierhead). The Science Advisor was Carrie Culver.
a nutshell: I believe I can truly say everyone had a good time, both the
old guys who were forced out of their normal day-to-day, humdrum duties
and the padawan's who got a chance to learn a few facts and catch a few
fish. There was lots of food, lots of handouts and books, and lots of goodwill
both from the teachers and the students and their parents who came out
to the pier.
now going to revise the lessons with a second presentation slated for September/October.
The lessons then will be distributed to California teachers for their enjoyment—and
hoped for use.