Why you should get involved in fisheries management and ecology

Tom Keer

Fisheries management and ecology require a team approach from many different actors. Sure, you can keep a lot of fish in a lake, river, stream, or ocean, but what do you do when they are all caught? The management of the fishery is important in the long run and there is no more important time to conserve fish than now.

Sport fish recovery program

Ten percent of the funds from sales of selected equipment and taxes on motorboat fuel will be used for fisheries management, fish stocks, and improving water quality and habitat. Purchases you make return to our fish and watersheds. Read more about the benefits of the sport fish recovery program.

Catch and Release combined with Pack Out What Your Packed In

Each of us can have a positive impact on fisheries management and ecology by releasing fish. It’s also always good to throw out rubbish, whether it’s ours or not. Every little bit helps to keep our fish stocks and our environment healthy.

Manage fisheries

Fish protection for striped bass along the east coast involves work between NOAA, the Department of Marine Fisheries and the individual states. These three groups consult each other and weigh up daily recovery rates, length restrictions, time limits and whether there will be a commercial fishery. Getting regulation that works for everyone is quite a juggling act, but these groups are working diligently to make a positive impact.

Conservation of fish resources

While Maine’s Downeast Salmon Federation breeds wild Atlantic salmon, they don’t just work on fish stockings. The group is currently working on FERC in relation to dam licensing. Part of sustainable fisheries management is to open closed waterways to allow fish to reach spawning areas. Atlantic salmon will benefit, as will forage and wild fish such as menhaden, lake trout and shade.

Nowadays it is important that we work together and play an active role in fisheries management and ecology. There is much to do. For example, you can check out these great tips on catching and sharing
get involved, because nobody benefits more than us!

Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.