What Native Fish Conservation Means For Anglers

By Alycia Downs

Oct 16, 2018

Protect and preserve native fish and their habitats for future generations to enjoy. Conservation tips all anglers can use to do their part.

Conservation means protecting and preserving the ecosystems, environment and wildlife that we enjoy so they’re around for years to come. As anglers, it’s important that we protect native fish and the waters they need to survive by practicing low impact fishing and by contributing to conservation efforts in a variety of ways. Here are six ways that anglers can practice native fish conservation.

1. Practice Catch and Release

Catch and release is a humane way to enjoy the sport of fishing while ensuring native fish species are released unharmed, promoting abundant and healthy fisheries. 

2. Understand and Abide by the Regulations

State agencies, national parks, and even local parks have fishing regulations in place to protect native fish and their habitats. Get informed before you go.

3. Purchase a Fishing License

A fishing license is required in most states and license fees help fund fisheries management, education, restoration programs, native fish research, and other state aquatic conservation efforts. Purchase your fishing license online

4. Support Conservation Organizations

Find a reputable fishing conservation group and get involved, whether by donating time or money. These organizations often have the capacity to lead effective, environmentally-beneficial projects and are a good way to stay informed on native fish conservation efforts.

5. Take Precautions to reduce Fish Stress

Ensure a healthy release by using a landing net, barbless hooks and fishing equipment that is appropriate for the size of fish you’re targeting. Proper gear helps you to reel in the fish efficiently and avoid working it to exhaustion.

6. Leave no Trace

Never leave trash behind, including scrap fishing line. Be mindful that you take out what you brought in and maybe even pick up a few extra pieces of litter left behind by others. 

Read more about fishing and conservation tips for anglers so you can help preserve native fish and their habitats for future generations to enjoy. Now, get out and fish!

Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs
Alycia Downs is a freelance content creator and avid sportsman who contributes to numerous publications promoting tourism, fishing, and outdoors. Alycia is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is actively involved with conservation and fishing non-profit organizations. Visit her personal blog at tideandtale.com or on Instagram @tideandtale.