Responsible Fishing

Green Fishing

An Ethical Angler:

Understands fishing and boating regulations

Cares about aquatic and marine habitats

Keeps only fish to eat and properly releases the rest

Is respectful of others on the water - anglers and non-anglers alike

Leaves no trash, even if left by others

Shares expertise with less experienced anglers

Cooperates with authorities

Fishes and boats safely

Preserves the sportfishing tradition

About Fish Waste:

Use fish cleaning stations

Clean fish as they are caught offshore, and toss fish waste only in open unrestricted water or at sea (if your state allows), never in marina basin

Recycle fish parts by composting with peat moss or burying in a garden as fertilizer

Freeze and then reuse fish parts as bait on your next fishing trip

When no other option exists, bag the fish parts and place the bag in a trash container

Avoid releasing bait, either dead or alive, into the water - this can introduce foreign species to freshwater lakes