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The federal agency charged with managing the nation's saltwater species has adopted a new code that promotes ethical fishing behavior by anglers, the Commerce Department's National Marine Fisheries Service announced today. The code is part of the Fisheries Service's ongoing efforts to implement the public education requirements of President Clinton's 1995 Executive Order regarding the management of recreational fisheries.
Known as the Code of Angling Ethics, it
was developed with the help of angling groups, including the
American Sportfishing Association, the Coastal Conservation Association,
the Recreational Fishing Alliance and Trout Unlimited.
"While the code may seem self evident to some, it was developed with a broad base of angler support, and the final result outlines simple actions that, if practiced by all, will benefit the quality of the angling experience today and for future generations," said Dick Schaefer, chief of the intergovernmental and recreational fisheries office for the Fisheries Service.
The Fisheries Service will provide the code to anglers, fishing clubs, bait and tackle shops, and fishing boat operators through a variety of cards, stickers, and posters that promote its use. The code is posted on agency's recreational fisheries Web site at http://www.nmfs.gov/irf/irf.html.
The Code of Angling Ethics:
The Fisheries Service is an agency of the Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency is dedicated to protecting and to preserving the nation's ocean wildlife through scientific research, fisheries management, habitat conservation and enforcement.