Fishing For Brains
No, we’re not talking about casting for zombies.
There’s a program being shaped in Maryland which anglers everywhere should be aware of, thanks to the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association. What does fishing have to do with brains? Plenty, when the smarts – and the future – of our kids is at stake.
One tie that binds all anglers is their love of the water, the outdoors, and the aquatic environment. Unfortunately, as you surely know already, that environment is under a constant assault. That assault threatens everything we love about fishing, boating, and watersports in general. How can we protect it? We need our youth – the kids we’ve raised with the same intrinsic attachment to fishing that we have – to grow up well-educated and interested in finding ways of improving our fisheries and the environment they dwell in. What better way to do so, then to promote scholarships dedicated to this goal? Hence, the MSSA Scholarship Foundation.
This foundation isn’t exactly new. In fact, back in 1992 the idea was put into motion and the foundation was established. Since then, over $200,000 has been raised for over 50 young men and women. And the return on that investment is huge: recipients have followed careers in environmental research and education, mitigation, fisheries management, and more.
A few years ago a dedicated angler named Pete Abbott took the reigns at the Scholarship Foundation, and set out to dramatically expand the Foundation’s reach. Fundraising is, naturally, the biggest and most important challenge he and the rest of the Foundation’s board faces. Should you donate to the fund, buy a raffle ticket or two, and help support your own fishing future? Of course. But just as important is recognizing that the aim of this foundation should be a common goal of all anglers, no matter where they live and fish. Fishing clubs and organizations from coast to coast should visit the organization’s web site, and find a way to either support it or establish their own scholarship funds, with similar goals and means. Hey fishermen, this is our future we’re talking about – and that of our kids and grandkids, who are growing up with the same love of the water that made us who we are. So don’t just ignore the issues we face; act on them with an eye on the long term, by helping our youth become well educated, intelligent, dedicated defenders of our fisheries and their environments.
You can take immediate action, by donating to the MSSA Scholarship Foundation, today. Just decide how much you can afford to donate, and click on the button.