Recreational Fishing Day

Please join Anacostia Watershed Society, University of Maryland College Park, and Anacostia Community Museum for a day of recreational fishing! We will provide fishing rods and bait on a first-come, first-served basis (bring your own if you prefer). Each participant will receive a gift card valued at $10 for providing us with your catch (per DC fishing regulations)! All ages and experience levels are welcome. We are also looking for a few volunteers to help us with logistics if interested, please let us know (see below under volunteer opportunity for more details).

Click here for our flier and a complete list of our Recreational Fishing Days this summer and fall.

Attractions:

  • $10 instant gift card for providing us with your catch (per DC fishing regulations)
  • Free rental of fishing poles and free bait on a first-come, first-served basis (or bring your own)
  • Information on fishing techniques and safety
  • Water provided throughout the day
  • Participate in the project CAESARR (more info below) survey and instantly receive a gift card valued at $10

Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meeting Location: Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Freeway, Washington DC

Driving Directions: From North, follow Baltimore-Washington Parkway/295 South toward DC. Take left lanes to 295 South, then stay to the center lane. Take eastbound Pennsylvania Ave exit. Take first right onto Fairlawn Ave. Go to the stop sign and turn right again on Nicholson St to enter the park. Turn right on Anacostia Dr and continue until you see tennis courts and immediate parking in front of buildings on your right.

From South, follow I-395 North into DC. Keep left to continue on I-695. Exit onto DC 295. Follow sign for Pennsylvania Ave and exit onto Pennsylvania Ave. Take first right onto Fairlawn Ave. Go to stop sign and turn right again on Nicholson St to enter the park. Turn right on Anacostia Dr and continue until you see tennis courts and immediate parking in front of buildings on your right.

Public Transit: This location is accessible by bus and train (with 0.7 – 2 mile walk). Please click here to plan your trip.


Click here to be taken to Google Maps to get exact directions from your location.

Related Project Information:
In addition to this being a fun and informative fishing day, this event is also being undertaken in an effort to obtain samples of fish from the Anacostia River. This fish sampling exercise is a component of a larger project called Community-Based Assessment of Exposure to Substances in the Anacostia River Region (Project CAESARR). Project CAESARR is a research project being conducted by the University of Maryland College Park, Anacostia Community Museum, and Anacostia Watershed Society which seeks to study exposure and health issues experienced by residential populations and urban fishers (cultural, recreational, and subsistence) of the Anacostia River. High levels of contamination in areas of the Anacostia River potentially pose threats to human health for anyone who consumes fish caught in the river and, to a lesser extent, residential populations near toxic hotspots along the river. By analyzing the tissues of the fish caught in the river for contaminant levels, we can determine the potential exposure to these contaminants faced by people who consume fish from the river.

Volunteer Opportunity:
We are looking for 5 - 10 volunteers to help with event logistics (e.g., help with participant registration for those who provide caught fish, direct and check on participants, take GPS coordinates, distribute supplies and gift cards, assist with proper labeling and storage of fish samples). If you would like to help, please let us know in either the 'Please share reasons for participating' section or the 'How did you hear about AWS' section when you register and we will contact you with more details.

Physical Requirements and What to Bring:
Anyone under age 18 needs to be supervised by an adult at all times. This activity may require standing for long periods of time. Please dress for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes, and consider bringing sunblock, a brimmed hat, camera, snacks (food will not be provided), and possibly a jacket.

Please Click Here to RSVP!

If severe weather is likely, everyone who registered will be notified within 24 hours of the event.

For more information, contact Lori Baranoff at LBaranoff@anacostiaws.org or call 301-699-6204 x107.

Event Date and Time: 
Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:00am - 1:00pm

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