4-H Youth Development
4-H Youth Dive Fishing Derby
Pago Bay, GUAM – On August 13, 2017, the 4-H Youth Development Program hosted its very first Youth Dive Fishing Derby at Pago Bay, open Guam’s youth between 14- 8 years old.
Hosted a day after the Marianas Underwater Fishing Federation’s Guam Spearfishing Challenge, the 4-H derby focused on bringing youth participants and experienced adults together to build relationship and share experiences through a common interest.
Through mentorship, youth members earned new skills, techniques, strategies while fishing together in the open ocean. The 4-H Leaders focused on fostering a sense of stewardship and sustainability among Guam’s youth about the islands’ marine and natural resources. They also taught Guam ‘s youth conservation by engaging in safe water activities that promote island –and ocean sustainability skills, as well as supporting scientific research by collecting fish data.
Six male youth members participated in the event and at 4:00 p.m. all teams proceeded to weigh in their catch. First to arrive back, Joseph Green returned with the largest fish of the day, a Mojarra or known in Chamorro as Guaguas, weighing in at 550 grams (about 19 ounces) at 12.5 inches long
In second place was Elijah Calvo with a Glass eye weighing 209 grams at 10.1 inches long. In third place was Vance Peredo with a Spine Cheek weighing in at 71 grams at 6.6 inches long. Followed by our youngest participant, Jonathan Hernandez catching a 6.2-pound eel and a goat fish weighing 43 grams at 5.6 inches.
“I’m very happy with the turnout as a first-time event. We hope more will come out next year and maybe even girls,” said Guam 4-H State Program Leader, Mr. Cliff Kyota “It’s a family event where families and siblings can come out to support one another. We want to thank our many sponsors, including the NOAA, Fa’nu’i, Guam Fisherman’s Coop, MUFF, UOG Cooperative Extension Service, and the Guam 4-H Program.”
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