Island's angling history is indeed legendary. Fishing is
something many Long Islanders enjoy as a normal part of
life, a pastime that is a natural extension of living here.
We grow up with it, and learn it from one generation to
the next. As life
on Long Island has
over the past 100 years or so, so has one of our most admired
sources of pleasure; our great sport of angling. Unfortunately
it is almost too easy to take for granted, and the subtle
changes that are occurring
in the environment may not be so visible to each and every
one of us.
sincerely believe that each individual should hold themselves
responsible for caring for our natural resources, and respect
them with the attitude that they are essential to life
as a whole. We urge everyone to "Fish
Evaluating every aspect of how you fish, realizing the
of your actions on the environment, and making an effort
to conserve, are all ways to ensure the resources we cherish
are passed on to the next generations. It had only been
over the past several decades that our greatest
gift to our future generations, is to ensure them of a
clean and healthy environment. An environment where fresh
is not something you go to the mountains for, and
clean drinking water doesn't have to be bought in a plastic
Here are some tips for how you can "Fish Responsibly".
yourself with current environmental concerns, and fisheries
first step to knowing how you can help conserve and protect
our natural resouces is to become knowledgable about the
environmental issues that concern us today, and what the
future outlook is for our environment tomorrow. Please take
time to understand the sensitive issues concerning our
natural world before you enjoy your
change each year, and so does the environment due to our
impact on it. It is imperative that you know and adhere
to all current regulations. It's up to each and every one
to keep informed, and treat
We recommened visiting the NYS DEC site often, @ http://www.dec.state.ny.us/.
Familiarize yourself with endangered species here http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/esa_species.htm
stay update to date with important current
national fisheries news.
only what you need.
you enjoy eating fish, fish for one meal only, or
share your catch with family & friends. All too often,
extra fish in the creel go to waste. Whether it is discarded
just too much was caught,
or it goes bad when left in the refrigerator or freezer
too long; too much
gets wasted. Acknowledge that many species are under
stress from overfishing, and give them a break. Impose
limits on yourself that go beyond those of the state regulations,
and keep away from fish that are extremely overfished.
proficient at dressing your catch.
better you are with your filet knife, the more you will
keep of your catch. However, it's best not to pratice
on your catch, but to do a little study of the proper
techiniques needed for each species. Realize that all
fish are not alike, and many have different skeletal
your filleting techniques accordingly. Take every possible
area of usable flesh from your catch.
a catch phrase, and a self expanatory one at that, but
one with far reaching implications.
To many of us angling is a sport, but we must treat our opponents
with the respect they deserve. Always crush the barbs on
your hooks to reduce the potential effects of a deeply
lodged hook. It is also a good idea not to keep em' hanging
on too long. When a fish is fighting, lactic acid will
build up in it's muscle mass. Too much lactic acid can
be lethal to a fish. By keeping the fight as short as
the potential damage
lactic acid build up is reduced. By releasing them to
we go a long way in ensuring the preservation
the fish stocks we need. And who knows maybe you'll meet
that fish again someday. Please
read the circle hook story
artifiicial baits & lures.
Your conservation practices should not
be limited to food or gamefish only. The bait they feed
on is important for the sustainabilty of fish stocks.
it's fish, mollusks, crustaceans, or worms, they are
an important part of the ecosystem. By
limiting our use of real bait, and opting for lures and
other artificials when appropriate,
we can greatly reduce the over use of the creatures the
fish you seek depend on for food. There are a myriad
options today including, plugs, jigs, jellies, other
soft baits, & tins to mention a few. Always keep
your line fresh and strong to reduce the potential for
and gear from breaking off and ending up in the environment.
When chaning line, always recylce it.
a look around, and you will see pollution is everywhere.
From the garbage that many feel free to deposit on
the side of parkway ramps, to the litter that washes
up on our beaches, the planet has become a dumping
ground for the unconcerned, and uninformed. The simple
act of emptying a car ash tray on the ground
is not an isolated event. That act multiplied time
and time again has an impact that is not seen on
the square foot of asphalt where it is deposited.
How many times have you seen trash strewn across
the beach, and 25 feet away is a garbage can? Practice "carry
in - carry out".
In areas where you know trash receptacles are not
available, always bring garbage bags with you,
may take everything
with you when you leave. If each and every one of
us practiced these simple habits, the world would
most certainly be a cleaner and healthier place to
planet has an amazing ability to regenerate, repopulate,
and rejuvenate itself. That is if it is left to it's
own devices. It is a dynamic place that changes with
every new day. It is our actions that are damaging
it's resources to survive as a species just as does
every other living organism. We are not outsiders
here just to use it up for our own needs. If we
destroy everything we need to survive, we will suffer
Without us around, the earth will simply go on as
it has for millions of years, and we will become
just distant artifacts and fossils as have so many
species before us.
While boating, stay clear of
estruaries, marshes, and grass areas. Those are the
for many species of aqautic animals. When on the
beach in four wheel drive vehicles, stick to the
known path, don't be a trailblazer, and stay off
the dunes & grasses.
They are key to keeping our beaches protected from
necessary habitat for many bird and other animals.
Treat every animal you come across as an equal partner
on this planet, none should be considered as second
rate citizens. Each
and every organism has a purpose, and a job to do
healthy & clean,
and all should be considered as a working member
of the ecosystem that is of the utmost importance
all of us. Read more
about our precious marine habitats here.