In the U.S. alone, recreational fishing is an industry that employs close to a million people and contributes in excess of $100 billion to the economy annually. Anglers play a critical role in keeping our wilderness wild and our fish populations healthy and active. Learn more below.
Know before you go; research your angling destination so that you are properly equipped for whatever you might encounter on your fishing expedition.
None of us want to kill fish we don’t intend to keep. You can take steps to release fish in a healthy condition that gives them the best chance of survival. Here are a few ways to practice responsible angling:
Keep an eye out for commonly-discarded items like fishing tackle, nets, cigarette filters, balloons, ribbon, and grocery bags — which are all particularly dangerous to marine ecosystems.
Some public boat ramps have recycling bins for monofilament fishing line that you can use. In the absence of those, cut your fishing line up into small pieces (less than 12 inches) and place in a covered trash bin to ensure the line is disposed of safely.
Camden County offers some fishing line recycling bins. They are positioned by Georgia Coastal DNR and maintained by Camden County 4-H & Extension.
Anglers and wilderness scientists have a long-standing relationship, working together to keep our fish populations healthy. In addition to helping with our cooperative tagging program, anglers can help keep our wilderness healthy by assisting in the battle against invasive species.
Invasive fish species wreak havoc on our ecosystems, introduce disease to native fish, deplete food resources, and displace the native species we enjoy. Anglers can do their best to avoid introducing invasive species by emptying ballast and cleaning their boats before putting them in the water. In some areas, anglers can even earn money capturing invasive species. Learn more here.