Ethics and Conservation Guidelines

The Ethical Angler


• Promotes ethical behavior in the use of aquatic resources.

• Values and respects the aquatic environment and all living things in it.

• Avoids spilling, and never dumps any pollutants on land or in the water.

• Disposes of all trash, including worn-out lines, leaders, and hooks and helps to keep fishing sites litter-free.

• Takes all precautionary measures necessary to prevent the spread of exotic plants and animals, including live baitfish, into non-native habitats.

• Learns and obeys angling and boating regulations treating other anglers, boaters, and property owners with courtesy and respect.

• Respects property rights, and never trespasses on private lands or waters.

• Keeps no more fish than needed for consumption, and never wastefully discards fish that are retained.

• Carefully handles and releases all fish that are unwanted or prohibited by regulation, as well as other animals that are accidentally hooked.

• Uses tackle and techniques which minimize harm to fish when engaging in catch-and-release angling.

Provided by NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service.



Sportfishing Conservancy

"Recognizing that with privilege comes responsibility, the mission of the Sportfishing Conservancy is to empower sportsmen to fulfill and celebrate their commitment to their sport and to the real world conservation."


Student Scholarships

The Sportfishing Conservancy will award a total of eight (8) Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Scholarships, valued at $500 each to the parent or guardian of children [under the age of 18].