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Children attend fishing derby at Edenton Fish Hatchery

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A man helps reel in a fish caught Saturday during the Kids Fishing Derby at the Edenton National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium. Chowan-Edenton Optimist Club sponsored the annual event.

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Staff Report

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Edenton Fish Hatchery and Aquarium hosted about 150 children June 15 for the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby.

The annual event is sponsored by the Chowan-Edenton Optimist Club. The nonprofit offered up free lunch of hot dogs, chips and water during the event.

Like in previous years, hatchery Deputy Manager Sam Pollock and Optimist Club member Mike McArthur helped filet the catfish and rock fish (striped bass). 

Fishing derbies help the hatchery prevent overpopulation of fish in their pond. It also gives children the chance to learn a lifelong skill.

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