BERNARDSVILLE NJ - There's a pond.   There are fish.   There are kids.   So why not have a fishing derby?  That's exactly what the Bernardsville Recreation Department did on Saturday, September 30.

The Michael Nervine Pond in Bernardsville was stocked with 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout in perparation for the fishing derby.   The derby was open to girls and boys, ages 5 to 18, who were not required to pay an entry fee.  And of course, there were awards.

Approximately 80 young people participated in the derby, according to Christine Zamarra, who attended the derby.  Any fish that were caught were weighed, and then released into the pond.

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Zamarra helped organize the event by arranging for the participation of the Great Swamp Watershed Association.  The association promotes awareness of water cleanliness and conservation.  The association operates a fishing van, which is available to any town.  On Saturday, the fishing van provides fishing equipment for any participant who needed one.

According to Zamarra, the event was a success, and she anticipates that the Recreation Department will hold another derby in 2018.