WASHINGTON, DC – Thirty-three members of Primaveral Association, a greater DC- metro area Guatemalan Hometown Association, went fishing this past Sunday at Enchanted Pond on the Bureau of Land Management’s Meadowood Special Management Area. The program held by the Bureau of Land Management and Hispanic Access Foundation taught multi-generational families basic fishing instruction, equipment, rules and great locations to fish in the state of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries provided the grant to cover the cost of the fishing trip together with George W. H. Bush Vamos a Pescar ™ Education Fund.
“The BLM was humbled to partner with Hispanic Access Foundation and Primaveral to help host and share in an awesome BLM public fishing resource and experience. We are proud to have helped conduct this shared community family fishing experience with so many wonderful people,” said Dave Hu, National fisheries biologist BLM Washington Office.
Virginia has the 16th largest Latino population in the nation and the University of Virginia projects that by 2040 Latinos will make up nearly 23 percent of the state’s population. Yet only a fraction of the state’s anglers are Latino, which underscores the importance of introducing the sport to the community, as they will play a critical role as environmental stewards in the future.
“The future of fishing and boating depends on engaging younger, diverse audiences. We’re happy to provide such an amazing opportunity to help organizations in reaching the Hispanic market,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. This is an opportunity for Latino families to connect with their cultural heritage, enjoy our outdoors, and spend time together in a low-key, casual environment.
“Our fishing events are about engaging the Latino community with the outdoors and introducing them to fishing as an accessible activity,” said Maite Arce, President and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation. “Latinos share a passion for the outdoors and hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to be good stewards. Events like this not only expose Latinos to new skills, but also help foster that passion.”
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