Fishing Derby on the Hackensack River set for September 24
Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed, is pleased to announce its 2016 SPLASH event: RiverFest – Pirates of the Hackensack. The event is set to take place on Saturday, September 24 at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ from 11AM to 5PM.
The highlight of the day will be Riverkeeper’s first-ever Hackensack River Fishing Derby. The competition is open to children from local communities and will take place on the newly constructed Laurel Hill Promenade, a 300-foot walkway located directly on the river at the southern end of Laurel Hill Park. The Promenade is the Hackensack River’s newest enhanced public access point.
RiverFest – Pirates of the Hackensack is part of the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by TOYOTA. It is also the first SPLASH event in the country to focus on fishing. All proceeds raised will benefit Hackensack Riverkeeper and its ongoing mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River.
Local sponsors of RiverFest and the fishing derby include Inserra Supermarkets, SUEZ, PSE&G, Hackensack University Medical Center, Whole Foods Market, The XChange at Sewcaucus Junction, and Ramsey Outdoor Stores.
The day will also feature free mini Eco-Cruises aboard Riverkeeper’s custom-built pontoon research vessels Geraldine Theresa and Robert H. Boyle II under the command of Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola, as well was free kayaking opportunities for adults, courtesy of the organization’s Paddling Center staff.
Onsite event partners include the Hudson River Fisherman's Association (HRFA) and American Littoral Society, who will help ensure a great day on and about the water for kids and adults alike. Children and adults will also learn the importance of clean water, and many other issues – both historic and current – faced by the Hackensack River and its wildlife. Catch and release fishing will be strongly promoted and encouraged.
Pirates will rule the day, with all participants encouraged to dress (and talk) like a pirate. Prizes will be awarded for Best Pirate, First Fish, Biggest Fish, Most Fish and more. Many children will go home with their very own fishing rod, donated by the HRFA.
“Of course the best prize is the river itself. While it’s certainly come a very long way since the days of factories and landfills, there’s still a long way to go before people will be able to safely eat the fish they catch,” said Captain Bill Sheehan. “But while that might discourage some people, it only makes Hackensack Riverkeeper work all the harder to go that long way.”
Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, Hackensack Riverkeeper is the leading environmental organization working fulltime on Hackensack River issues. The group engages in a fourfold strategy of environmental action, advocacy, education and litigation in its ongoing work to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River Watershed.
For more information on the Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Event Series presented nationally by Toyota please visit www.splashseries.org