SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The “Vamos a Pescar” program has been teaching local youth how to fish for the past three months, with some learning the skill for the very first time.
The program is organized by the Police Activities League Santa Barbara and participating students from 10 different schools range in age from 6 to 18 years old.
“The fishing events have been extremely popular with our students and provide them with a new opportunity to get out and explore all that Santa Barbara has to offer,” said Judie Lugo, executive director of the Police Activities League. “Our local police officers oversee these events, which are wonderful opportunities to build relationships with young people.
Over the past three months, the students have traveled to Goleta Pier, Lake Cachuma and on a sport fishing boat off the coast, according to Lugo.
At each event, they learn about keeping the oceans clean, the cultural importance of fishing to the Chumash in Santa Barbara, and safe fishing practices.
Each participating student received fishing licenses and rods that they are able to keep.
The Police Activities League received funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife‘s “Vamos a Pecar” education fund to deliver the program.