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Native Fish Art and Writing Contest Entry Deadline Approaching!

February 11, 2010

Entries for the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Native Fish Art and Writing Contest must be received by Friday, March 5, 2010. This contest provides an excellent opportunity for fourth through seventh grade students to learn about New Jersey's native fish.

Participants must write a short story about a year in the life of a native New Jersey fish of their choice. The story must include biological and ecological information such as the fish's habits and habitat, food, etc. Then, using their artistic skills, students must draw a scene from the short story. Creative writing and originality are important judging criteria.

First and second place winners from each grade level will receive a fishing rod and reel and a certificate. First place winners will also receive a youth membership to Trout Unlimited. All winners will be invited to attend a special luncheon and awards ceremony at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center on the Opening Day of Trout Season, April 10, 2010.

Prior to the luncheon, contest winners and their families will have the opportunity to experience spectacular trout fishing in the Pequest Fishing Education Pond.

The contest is sponsored by New Jersey chapters of Trout Unlimited.

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