The Sportfishing Education Center:
A New Way to Explore the Marine Waters
The Bob Sweeney Sportfishing Education and Aquaculture Center
was opened on Long Island in 2002 at Cedar Beach Marina, Ocean
Parkway, Babylon. This facility was constructed through the efforts
of Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (of Lindenhurst) and New York Fishing
Tackle Trade Association. The mission of the Center is to provide
an arena to promote saltwater recreational fishing and teach angling
ethics. The Town of Babylon donated the land, and the facilities
are operated by NYFTTA. Several groups with a marine conservation
interest are affiliated with the Center, and they are working
together to coordinate the programs. They include (however not
limited to): Long Island Beach Buggy Association, New York Sea
Grant, I Fish NY, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
here (PDF) to learn about the types of programs and services
being offered at the Center.