The importance of fisheries policies and practices

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Andy Whitcomb

A fisheries protection policy is a strategy of rules and regulations with the aim of sustainable fisheries management. Because all aquatic systems are complex and constantly changing, the practices and methods of fish conservation also vary.

Guidelines for a fisheries policy are set and enforced by various organizations and authorities, e. At the federal level, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Within these parameters, each state has its own regulations. In addition, private companies can have additional rules.

For example, in addition to following state regulations, bass tournaments must enforce their strict specific fish protection practices in order to continue a format for weighing bass on stage for an audience. Some of the best fishing and release practices are demonstrated by Bassmaster tournaments with only lure, short fights to reduce fish stress, and significant scoring penalties for bass injuries. The Major League Fishing tournament series even penalizes anglers if a bass hits the boat or is released at a height above the gun whale.

Another critical part of any fisheries protection policy is a historical baseline. By collecting water quality and fisheries data, managers have a better chance of determining trends in fish populations. Each fish sampling method has some degree of bias for a size, species, area, etc., so multiple sampling methods need to be collected. The aim is to obtain vital information about factors such as growth rate, feed base and spawning habitat in order not only to determine trends but also to try to predict and be ahead of any aspect that will adversely affect fish protection.

Fisheries policy and fish conservation practices seek to maintain both quality fisheries for anglers and sustainable crop production for every fishery. Therefore, the regulations vary not only by federal state, but often also by body of water within a federal state. It is important that every angler follows these fish protection practices, which can change from year to year, such as: B. Harvest size, number of rods per angler, or type of bait so everyone can continue to enjoy a great fishing experience. And don’t forget: The funds from your fishing license flow right back into fish protection efforts such as fishery management and fish protection methods!

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.