Conservation means protecting and preserving the ecosystems, the environment and the wildlife that we enjoy so that they can last for years. As angler, it is important that we protect native fish and the waters they need to survive by practicing low-impact fishing and contributing to environmental protection efforts in a variety of ways. Here are six ways anglers can practice protecting native fish.
1. Practice catching and letting go
Catching and releasing is a humane way to enjoy the sport of fishing while ensuring that native fish species are released intact, thereby promoting abundant and healthy fishing.
2. Understand and follow the rules
State agencies, national parks, and even local parks have established fishing regulations to protect native fish and their habitats. Do some research before you go.
3. Buy a fishing license
Most states require a fishing license and royalties help fund fisheries management, education, restoration programs, local fish research, and other government efforts to protect waters. Buy your fishing license online.
4. Support nature conservation organizations
Find a reputable fisheries protection group and get involved by donating time or money. These organizations are often able to lead effective, environmentally friendly projects and are a great way to keep up with efforts to protect native fish.
5. Take precautions to reduce fish stress
Ensure a healthy release using a landing net, barbed hooks, and fishing gear appropriate for the size of the fish you are targeting. The right equipment will help you reel in the fish efficiently and not process it to the point of exhaustion.
6. Don’t leave any traces
Never leave trash behind, including junk string. Remember to take out what you brought and maybe even pick up a few extra bits of trash that others have left behind.
Read about fishing and conservation tips for anglers so you can conserve native fish and their habitats for future generations. Get out and fish now!