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Fb21 Ethical Anglers Formatted

Fb21 Ethical Anglers Formatted

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Published by Bob Wattendorf
Fish Busters' Bulletin about what it takes to be an ethical angler (Sep. 2007).
Fish Busters' Bulletin about what it takes to be an ethical angler (Sep. 2007).

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Florida Fish BustersSeptember 2007
Make fishing more enjoyable for all of us—be an ethical angler.
By: Bob Wattendorf, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
If you really want to know why fishing is fun, allyou have to do is take a child out and watch thestream of emotions that light up his face as helearns to bait a hook, cast and finally hook-up andretrieve a fish. The joy of learning, thereconnection with nature and our heritage, and the fulfillment of knowing he cancatch his own -- just like the pioneers -- all contribute to that sensational smile.Those are the same reasons -- social scientists discover time and again --fishing remains such a popular recreational activity. Herbert Hoover said “Fishingis much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the finesimplicity of our forefathers.”Dozens of studies have consistently verified that involvement with familymembers and friends, escaping the daily routine, relaxation, being outdoors close tonature, and the sport and challenge of fishing are the top five reasons for fishing.Further, these motives remain at the top of the list regardless of the group beingstudied.
 
What this means is that conservation agencies,guides, facility planners, anglers and boaters all can playroles in making fishing more fun and satisfying foreveryone on the water. The key is an abiding love foraquatic resources and the conservation stewardship ethicthat helps keep those natural resources pristine. Thefollowing checklist of ethical angling practices provides astarting point that will make fishing more enjoyable for everyone and help ensurecurrent and future generations can enjoy safe and sustainable fishing opportunities.
AN ETHICAL ANGLER:
 
Promotes, through example and mentoring, ethical behavior in use of aquaticresources.
 
 Values and respects the aquatic environment and all living things. Treatsother anglers, boaters and property owners with courtesy and respect,including removing boat trailers promptly from active launching areas,watching his wake around other boaters, and providing adequate fishingspace to anglers already on the fishing spot.
 
 Avoids spilling and never dumps pollutants, such as gas or oil. Appropriatelydisposes of trash, including worn lines, leaders and hooks. Recycleswhenever possible and keeps fishing sites litter-free.
 
Purchases required fishing licenses and permits. [If you are exempt, you maystill purchase a license as a way to contribute to conservation. SeeMyFWC.com/licenses.]
 
Learns and obeys angling and boating regulations (seeMyFWC.comfordetails, or pick up a copy of the Florida Fishing Regulations where you buyyour license) and can identify fish so he can adhere to the rules.
 
Keeps no more fish than needed for consumption, and never wastefullydiscards fish, while complying with the law. Carefully handles and releases

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