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[ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ] [LH]
April 22, 2013
Cats Are in the 'Hoods
ATHENS--Stocking of keeper-size channel catfish has begun for the 15 Neighborhood Fishin' lakes in Texas and should be completed by this coming weekend.
Additional stockings will take place every two weeks through the summer and fall except during August, when high water temperatures may limit fish survival.
"Neighborhood Fishin' aims to give Texas families a good place to fish close to where they live," said Dave Terre, TPWD's director of research and management for Inland Fisheries. "We estimate that more than 50,000 people a year participate in the program, and more than half of those are children. Connecting kids to the outdoors through fishing makes them happier and healthier, and they do better in school. Outdoor lifestyles also strengthen families."
Stocking is a key component of Neighborhood Fishin', which encourages people to harvest fish and take them home to eat. Channel catfish are stocked from April through October, and rainbow trout are stocked in winter months.
Local sponsors play a key role in the Neighborhood Fishin' program by providing funds to purchase additional fish beyond those made possible by statewide support from the Texas Bass Classic Foundation and the federal Sport Fish Restoration Program. Cities and counties where Neighborhood Fishin' lakes are located purchase some fish in addition to providing facilities at the sites.
Tarrant County Neighborhood Fishin' lakes also benefit from the financial support of the Sportsmen's Club of Fort Worth, the Nell V. Bailey Charitable Trust and the Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation. "Having local partners such as these makes the program stronger and larger and allows us to bring more people into fishing," Terre said.
"We target metropolitan areas with populations of 100,000 or more, and we would welcome additional partners in any such area," Terre said.
Any organization interested in partnering with TPWD on the Neighborhood Fishin' Program should contact Terre at (512) 389-4855.
For more information on the Neighborhood Fishin' program, including locations and directions, tackle loaner programs where available, instructional fishing videos, fishing regulations and program partners, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/urban_catfish.phtml.
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/urban_catfish.phtml
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: James Booker, (903) 670-2266; james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov ]
April 22, 2013
Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 4 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS--The Athens community will celebrate the joint heritage of Texas and Mexico with a day of dance, food and fishing at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center on Saturday, May 4.
The event will feature performances of traditional Mexican dances in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will present a hawks and owls show at 1:00 p.m. Athens area restaurants will compete in a salsa contest, which will be judged at 2:30 p.m. See a complete schedule below.
All Cinco de Mayo activities are included with regular admission to TFFC.
Highlights of the dance performances include appearances by Tyler Ballet Folklorico, Athens area elementary students and Las Tapatias, Athens' own folkloric dance group.
The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will do walk-around displays of birds including owls and hawks throughout the day. Visitors will be able to see the birds at close range and learn about their abilities and habits.
El San Luis Restaurant will serve food in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center.
Athens High School Key Club and National Honors Society students will be decorating the facility and volunteering during the event.
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the joint heritage and history of Texas and Mexico. It honors an important victory of the Mexican army, led by Texas native Ignacio Zaragoza, over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The victory helped preserve Mexican independence.
More information on Zaragoza can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio_Zaragoza.
Sponsors of the event include Red Hat Rentals, Schneider Electric, FutureMatrix, Inc., First State Bank, Texas Trust Credit Union, Citizens National Bank, Aaron's Sales and Lease, Mark Roberts DDS and Friends of TFFC.
Schedule of Events
--11:30am Tyler Ballet Folklorico adult dance performance
--12:00pm Dance performances by Athens ISD students and Las Tapatias
--12:30pm Tyler Ballet Folklorico children's dance performance
--1:00pm Blackland Raptor Center Hawks and Owls presentation
--1:30pm Athens ISD students dance performance
--2:00pm Tyler Ballet Folklorico regional dances performance
--2:30pm Salsa contest judging and Las Tapatias dance performance
For more information on the event contact James Booker at (903) 670-2266, james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov. Se habla espaņol.
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On the Net:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacio_Zaragoza
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc
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