The Saipan Fisherman’s Association is hosting its first yearlong outreach to teach young adults the importance of their role in preserving the environment while also combating mental health issues through fishing.
According to Wayne Pangelinan, member of the SFA community outreach program, the Saipan Fishermen’s Association community outreach program, called Tasi to Table, has partnered with the Public School System’s Da’ok Academy to form the Tasi to Table Fishing Club to teach students about the various styles of fishing.
The program, which started last Saturday, also touched base on the importance of taking care of mental health, mental health issues, and mental health awareness.
One of the goals is to teach students to learn not only about fishing, but how important their role is in preserving the environment, the ocean, and its species within that also nourish the community.
Another goal is for SFA members to become mentors to these students.
Last Saturday, SFA vice president Anthony Scragg stated that the program will hopefully change the way the youth sees the value of fishing and the importance of the environment. “Our resources are valuable and with this, we hope we have achieved our goals thus far.”
The Tasi to Table opening was attended by over 50 individuals consisting of students, parents, friends, sponsors, educators, members of the SFA, and more.