THE FISHERMAN'S CODE
FOR PROTECTING OUR BAY, RIVERS, AND STREAMS
- Abide by fishery regulations.
Overfishing reduces next year's catch and disrupts the Bay's food web.
- Carefully release unwanted fish.
Undersized and unwanted fish must be conserved to maintain healthy fisheries.
- Dispose of old fishing gear on shore.
Fishing line and nets discarded overboard entangle and kill marine life
- Collect all trash for disposal on shore.
Trash cans should be standard gear. We must not treat our waters like a dump.
- Keep oil and gas out of the water.
Oil and gas are toxic to fish. Be careful when filling tanks and changing oil.
- Contain human waste for on-shore disposal.
Pollution from human waste reduces water quality and closes areas to fishing.
- Use antifouling paints with care.
These and other paints and solvents are very toxic to marine life.
- Prevent cleaners from washing overboard.
Even common cleaning products cause pollution.
- Save old antifreeze for on-shore disposal.
Antifreeze can be very toxic to fish.
- Avoid boat speeds that cause large wakes.
Boat wakes contribute to shoreline erosion and the loss of seagrass beds.