- Promote, through education and practice, ethical behavior in the use of aquatic resources;
Value and respect the aquatic environment and all living things in it.
- Avoid spilling and never dump any pollutants, such as gasoline and oil, into the aquatic environment;
Dispose of all trash, including worn lines, leaders and hooks, in appropriate containers, and help keep fishing sites litter-free.
- Take all precautionary measures necessary to prevent the spread of exotic plants and animals, including live baitfish, into non-native habitats
- Learn and obey angling and boating regulations, and treat other anglers, boaters and property owners with courtesy and respect.
- Respect property rights, and never trespass on private lands or waters.
- Keep no more fish than needed for consumption, and never wastefully discard fish that are retained.
- Practice conservation by carefully handling and releasing alive all fish that are unwanted or prohibited by regulation, as well as other animals that may become hooked or entangled accidentally.
- Use tackle and techniques that minimize harm to fish when engaging in "catch and release" angling. This code of ethics could easily be modified.
- In order to keep our waterways and beaches pristine, always follow "Leave No Trace" practices. This involves everyone's conscious effort to keep our county in pristine condition and our wildlife safe.
- When boating, do not throw anything overboard. If you see trash in the water or you accidently drop something into the water, please retrieve it. Trash in our waterways endangers aquatic life and pollutes the waters. There are hefty fines for littering, so don't do it.
- Monofilament fishing line disposal hook-and-line anglers must practice Leave No Trace procedures with their fishing hooks and lines to protect wildlife. Always" mind your line".
- It is against the law to intentionally discard any monofilament netting or line into or onto state waters. Monofilament line can entangle birds, marine mammals, marine turtles and fish, often injuring or killing them. At most public fishing areas you will find Fishing Line disposal containers, please use them.
- The Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program (MRRP) is a statewide effort to educate the public on the problems caused by monofilament line left in the environment, to encourage recycling through a network of line recycling bins and drop-off locations, and to conduct volunteer monofilament line cleanup events.
- Anglers are encouraged to practice Catch and Release to preserve our fish populations.
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Angler's Code of Ethics as adopted by N.O.A.A. encourages anglers to: