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3 new youth fishing club chapters

THE Saipan Fishermen’s Association on Saturday announced the opening of youth fishing club chapters at Marianas High School, Saipan Southern High School, and Kagman High School.

Over 30 students from the three schools participated in the inaugural meeting at the Public School System central office on Capital Hill.

In his remarks, SFA president Gene Weaver said: “It is our intent and mission to provide education…to our youth so that they become greater stewards of our islands and resources. As we continue to use what we have, we will need to ensure that we establish a sustainable way to fish while protecting our oceans.”

He said the SFA “believes in mentoring the youth in skills involving various fishing techniques: from trolling, shallow bottom, shoreline casting, net fishing (talaya) and deep drop — we intend to share our knowledge with the youth.”

SFA Entertainment Committee chair Vicky I. Benavente noted that in the past, only a few women were involved in fishing, but today more women are into fishing, too.

She is hoping that more young women will be part of the SFA youth fishing club.

Also present at the inaugural gathering of the new chapters of the youth fishing club on Saturday were representatives of the Micronesia Islands Nature Alliances and the Division of Fish and Wildlife who talked about how the youth can help protect the CNMI’s natural resources.

SFA outreach program coordinator Alex Castro Jr. said they are also implementing a youth fishing program that will run for eight months. It aims to teach the youth various fishing techniques, CPR and first aid as well as boating safety do’s and don’ts.

For more information, contact SFA president Gene Weaver at 236-9700 or email