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E-M:/ NRC Encourages Residents to Participate in Free Fishing Weekend June 11-12



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 02 June 2005
CONTACT: Mary Dettloff, 517-335-3014

NRC Encourages Residents to Participate
in Free Fishing Weekend June 11-12

The Natural Resources Commission was updated on the Free Fishing Weekend activities planned for June 11 and 12 at its regular monthly meeting held in Petoskey today. Free Fishing Weekend encourages Michigan residents to give fishing a try and to take a youngster fishing without the requirement of purchasing a fishing license.

"This event is the perfect opportunity to introduce a young person to an activity you can participate in throughout your lifetime," said NRC Chair Keith Charters. "Michigan has tremendous fishing opportunities between the Great Lakes, 11,000 lakes and countless rivers and streams. We encourage people to participate in the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend."

Michigan has offered Free Fishing Weekends since 1986 as a way to promote the state's diverse natural resources. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 11,037 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, Michigan's freshwater angling opportunities are among the best in the nation.

"Being outdoors in Michigan on a June day with a fishing pole in your hand is one way to celebrate our state's natural resources and outdoors heritage," said DNR Director Rebecca Humphries. "Free Fishing Weekend is the perfect setting to get familiar with the sport, get reacquainted or introduce someone new to it."

 The DNR and a host of federal, state and local partners offer educational Free Fishing events throughout the state. Most are designed for families and children.
 
A complete list of Michigan Summer Free Fishing Weekend events is available on the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

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