"Gone Fishing" was the mantra going around the company's Climax Molybdenum Fort Madison plant as it held its recent 7th Annual Kids' Fishing Clinic

November 8, 2017

"Gone Fishing" was the mantra going around the company's Climax Molybdenum Fort Madison plant as it held its recent 7th Annual Kids' Fishing Clinic.

The clinic was an outdoor family fun event designed to promote learning about animals in and around the 1-acre pond near the site's landfill.

The Fort Madison event usually draws more than 30 children and 40 adults. During the one-hour spent casting lines, the kids catch more than 200 fish. While bluegill and bass are the norm, catches have also included turtles, frogs, tadpoles, minnows and even snakes. 

After the fishing portion is complete, all catches were weighed, documented and released. 

In addition to fishing, learning tables with information, specimens, and experts to guide learning on a broad range of topics were incorporated into the event to help promote scientific investigation.

One table showcased macroinvertebrates from the pond. A scientist helped identify macroinvertebrates, which is an indicator of the water quality of the pond.

A fish identification table had every species of fish that could be found in the pond. In addition to identification, there were matching games and fishing fun facts. 

The bones and fur table provided skulls and skins of animals most likely found in the surrounding habitat.  Kids could pick up the replica skulls and learn how important teeth are to distinguish between plant and meat eating animals.

Lastly, to cater to all age ranges, there was an interactive craft table.

"My kids thoroughly enjoyed the day, and we learned about the species of fish and mammals in the area," said Jan van der Linden, Manager-Operations Moly Plant, Fort Madison.

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