PRESS RELEASE: City Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver Hosts Youth Fishing Trip

Friday, August 4, 2023

City Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver Hosts Youth Fishing Trip
Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver, 3rd District, is hosting a fishing trip for inner-city youth in Grasonville, Maryland, as part of a partnership with Wilmington’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and Tri-State Injury Care and Rehab.

Wilmington, DE – 3rd District Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver will host a youth fishing trip on Saturday, August 5th. The event is being co-sponsored by Councilwoman Oliver, Wilmington’s Department of Parks and Recreation, and Tri-State Injury Care and Rehabilitation. The trip will welcome 40 city kids for a day of fun and fishing. The youth will travel 80 miles from the Department of Parks and Recreation building at 500 Wilmington Avenue to 202 Wells Cove Road, Grasonville, Maryland. For some, it will be their first trip outside the city.

“This is a wonderful day filled with fun not just for the kids, but for everyone involved,” said 3rd District Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver. “As well as fishing, the kids will also learn about marine life. The entire experience will be both educational and rewarding for everyone.”

Children will take part in a fishing trip aboard Island Queen II, a 55-foot long and 17-foot wide headboat launched out of Chesapeake Bay.  The boat is owned and operated by Captain Tyrone Charters.

Captain Tyrone Charters was born out of the efforts of Captain Tyrone Meredith’s father, Eldridge Meredith. Keeping the minority family-owned business tradition alive, Captain Tyrone is a fifth-generation fisherman with over 40 years of experience giving underserved children the opportunity to go fishing with a professional guide.

Children will gain an understanding of biology and conservation with Captain Tyrone’s help. The opportunity to engage in fishing will also allow them to develop a passion for it that they will be able to carry with them for a lifetime.

As a self-employed fisherman, Captain Tyrone loves to fish. “This will be a great opportunity for inner-city youth to learn from Black captains and see how they can achieve success,” said Captain Tyrone Meredith. “The kids will learn patience and determination. I’ll show them how to bait their rods, cast, and reel in when a fish bites. The fish can also be properly cleaned for the children to take home and eat by the mates on the boat.”

Tyrone Meredith, a headboat captain in Grasonville, Maryland, credits his father, Eldridge Meredith, with establishing the tradition of Black headboat captains in the area. Photo Courtesy of Will Parson / Chesapeake Bay Program.

During this trip, the children will be provided with fishing rods, bait, and lunch.  As a result of the experience, Councilwoman Oliver hopes to change the lives of inner-city youth one catch at a time.

“That’s what it’s all about, taking kids out who wouldn’t have the chance, and catching fish,” said 3rd District Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver.

For more information about Captain Tyrone Charters, visit their website here or Facebook page here.

Event Details
: 3rd District Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver, City of Wilmington’s Department of Parks & Recreation, Tri-State Injury Care and Rehab, and Captain Tyrone Charters.

What: Youth Fishing Trip

​When: Saturday, August 5, 2023, departing at 12Noon from Parks and Recreation

Where: Department of Parks and Recreation Building, 500 Wilmington Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19801


MEDIA INQUIRIES:Yesenia TaverasDirector of Communications, Wilmington City CouncilOffice: (302)576-2585
Mobile: (302)757-5748Email: ytaveras@wilmingtonde.govCity Council Website: 


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