|The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will be participating in the Wild Resource Conservation Program (WRCP)’s Wild Resource Festival at Point State Park, Pittsburgh, on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
PFBC staff and volunteers will be providing fishing equipment, bait and assistance for participants who want to try their hand fishing the Three Rivers, Pittsburgh. The requirement for a fishing license will be waived for participants during the festival.
Fisheries biologists will demonstrate survey techniques used on large rivers, including hoop netting, benthic trawling and boat electrofishing. The biologists will show the variety of fish species that now inhabit the Three Rivers and present life history and fisheries management strategies for the popular sport species.
Live Pennsylvania-native reptiles and amphibians will be on display by PFBC’s Natural Diversity Section. A biologist will be present to talk about the animals and answer questions.
PFBC Education staff and volunteers will also be doing “fish print” t-shirts using native fish replicas. Festival participants may bring their own shirts or purchase one for $3.00.
WRCP is Pennsylvania’s biodiversity conservation program. WRCP is part of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and works closely with PFBC and the Pennsylvania Game Commission to conserve Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, wild plants and their habitats.
For more information on the 2011 Wild Resource Festival at Point State Park and for directions and parking information, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/conservationscience/wrcp/2011festival/index.htm.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at fishandboat.com.
Miranda (Mandy) Smith
SW Region Education Specialist