Sustainable recreational fishing is rewarding for both anglers and sanctuaries
Recreational fishing is an integral part of American coastal life and communities, offering both economic vitality and conservation benefits. And, about 98 percent of national marine sanctuary waters offer the opportunity to do so. From salmon to mahi mahi to blue marlin, the diversity of catch is enticing to any angler.
Offering more than just a fun and relaxing hobby, sustainable recreational fishing provides significant economic and conservation value to local communities.
As people close to and often near the water, fishermen and women have the opportunity to support and improve marine conservation efforts by practicing sustainable fishing techniques; advocating for better fisheries data and science; improving fish habitat; and engaging in the marine policy process, especially in national marine sanctuaries.
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