BoatUS ANGLER: RecycledFish Stewardship Tips
We come from a legacy of stewardship and conservation. Our fishing licenses are a tangible link to that legacy. Our parents and our grandparents were the earliest supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. Those who preceded us were the first to recognize that unregulated uses of wildlife threatened the future of many species. When they purchased fishing licenses, they helped to fund programs that kept fisheries vital and healthy.
License fees help pay for fishery and hatchery management, habitat development and protection, endangered species programs, and conservation education.
Purchasing a license also make you eligible to submit your fish as a record. An Arkansas' angler recently caught a 16 pound, 5 ounce largemouth bass and submitted the fish to the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission as a potential state record. The bass would have broken a 36-year-old record by one ounce. The AGFC discovered that the angler had purchased his license three hours after he claimed to have caught the bass. Rather than holding a state record, the angler was cited for fishing without a license. The record, because the angler caught the fish illegally, was invalidated.
Our fishing licenses are a link to our past and a path to our future. A license also allows you to fish legally and, if you are fortunate enough, it allows you to submit your fish for a record. If you haven't purchased your fishing license yet, help carry our legacy forward, purchase your license today!
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