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TWENTY-TWO students completed a shallow bottom fishing activity on Saturday as part of the “Tasi to Table” Youth Fishing Club program, Saipan Fishermen’s Association community outreach representative Wayne Pangelinan said.

Pangelinan, who is also the Tasi to Table vice president, said the activity was scheduled earlier, but had to be postponed due to Covid-19.

Finally, he said, “we were able to schedule the event for Saturday.”

He added, “The group went out on a vessel and headed west of Saipan by Chalan Kanoa where they moved to a deeper area, a little past the prepositioning ships.”

In the new school year, Pangelinan said, “we intend to have a total of 50 students from the four high schools (Marianas High School, Saipan Southern High School, Kagman High School and Dao’k Academy). Our advisors in each school will start the recruitment of new participants for an eight-month long program.”

A student prepares her hook and bait.

 

 

Tasi to Table participants learn shallow bottom fishing on Saturday. Contributed photos

He added that Tasi to Table Inc. is now officially established and independent of the Saipan Fishermen’s Association.

For his part, SFA chairman and Tasi to Table president Gene Weaver said: “It’s been my desire to give back to our youth. For many years, I've wanted to create a program such as this. Now it’s a reality with the Tasi to Table Inc.”

Weaver said their “priorities are to educate our youth about the importance of sustainable living through fishing and utilizing our natural resource, the ocean, while simultaneously teaching the value of protecting our environment for future generations to enjoy and avail themselves of what we have today.”

One of the participating students told Variety that he “really enjoyed the whole experience” especially the part when they took an active role in planning a fishing tournament.

Another student said learning fishing techniques, meeting and interacting with different people and organizing a fishing tournament were the best parts of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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