Ethical Angling and Fish Tagging Program
Maintaining healthy fish stocks
is vital to anglers everywhere. If you're like most anglers today, you
care about protecting fish and their habitat - and about the future of
That's why BoatU.S. and NOAA
Fisheries teamed up to produce a code of angling ethics. The code is a
simple tool that experienced anglers can use to spread the word about
responsible fishing practices to new generations of anglers.
an Ethical Angler. I:
spilling and never dump gasoline, oil or other pollutants - on land or
in the water.
Never leave trash behind, including
worn line, old hooks and bait, and practice recycling.
knowledge about Aquatic Nuisance Species and how to help prevent their
Learn and abide by all fishing
regulations and boating laws.
fellow anglers and especially new participants about fishing ethics.
private property and the rights of other anglers and outdoor recreationists.
fish for tomorrow by practicing conservation and learning proper catch-and-release
Tag and Release Program
From 1996 - 2001 BoatU.S. conducted
a coastal saltwater Tag and Release program. With the help of hundreds
of anglers in the program, nearly 6,000 fish on the Atlantic and Gulf
Coasts have been tagged. The tagging portion of this program has come
to a close. We would like to thank all of our volunteer anglers and especially
our fish-tagging Captains who have contributed so much to the BoatU.S.
Fish Tag and Release Program.
We will continue to
monitor our phone hotlines regarding recapture information on fish with
BoatU.S. tags. We encourage anglers to continue to use our online form
to give us all the necessary data so that we can make the “before
and after” connection for each particular fish. To access our Online
Recapture Information form please click
here. This important information will continue to be recorded by the
BoatU.S. Foundation and forwarded to NOAA Fisheries for their use to help
make smart long term management decisions for nearshore species. If you
have any questions regarding the Fish Tag program, please contact us at
We appreciate your
dedication to fish tagging, and hope you will continue to tag for another
program. To find out about other options, we recommend visiting www.fishtag.info.