Responsible Fishing Behavior
Habitat loss, overfishing, pollution, access - these are all issues that threat our fisheries. But before anglers can have a strong voice in the battles to protect our fisheries, we have to be standing on firm ground. Recreational anglers have to clean up their own yard. In recent years, there has been a serious and notable decline in angler ethics and etiquette. How do recreational anglers expect to be taken seriously by management agencies if their behavior does not respect the fisheries, habitats, or other anglers? The Tribal Bonefish concept is about reviving responsible fishing behavior. Showing the Tribal Bonefish logo means that you ‘get it’, you care about the future of the fisheries, and you encourage others to do the same. Tribal Bonefish is about Responsibility. Fishing rights are earned through responsible behavior, they aren’t automatic. Learn more>
Worldwide, habitat loss and degradation are among the top causes of declines in fish populations. For many recreational fisheries that are mostly or entirely catch and release, habitat loss is the top threat. Yet recreational anglers and angler organizations that focus on habitat conservation and restoration for marine fishes are rare indeed. Consider healthy habitats the factory assembly line with our recreational fisheries as its product. And consider protecting and restoring that assembly line an investment in our fisheries. Learn more>
Catch and release is a valid fisheries conservation tool, one that can help sustain fisheries for the long term. But catch and release is only effective if anglers use proper fish handling practices. Anglers owe it to themselves and others to learn about proper handling techniques to ensure that catch and release fishing works. Learn more>
Many saltwater recreational fisheries are in crisis or heading quickly in that direction. Even fisheries that look in good shape might have trouble brewing behind the scenes. It used to be that we could go fishing, have fun, go home, and not think about it until the next trip. That is no longer true. Recreational anglers must become involved in conservation to ensure a good outlook for the future of our fisheries. Recreational anglers are the primary users of coastal habitats, and also major beneficiaries. Consider your involvement an investment in the future of the fisheries.
Tribal Bonefish Gear: show your conservation credentials