Educated anglers tend to catch more fish. They know which locations to fish in the variable conditions they encounter on the water, what are the best flies or lures for a particular situation. They also tend to be the best stewards because they understand how fragile the fisheries and habitats can be. Whether its improving catch and release practices or understanding the importance of habitat conservation, education is the key to successful conservation of coastal fisheries. We posit that all anglers have performed poorly at some instance in their past, but that such behavior was because we just didn't know any better. A goal of Tribal Bonefish is to promote education so that 'I didn't know' doesn't cut it any more.
Many saltwater recreational fisheries are in crisis or heading quickly in that direction. Even fisheries that look in good shape might have trouble brewing behind the scenes. It used to be that we could go fishing, have fun, go home, and not think about it until the next trip. That is no longer true. Recreational anglers must become involved in conservation to ensure a good outlook for the future of our fisheries. Recreational anglers are the primary users of coastal habitats, and also major beneficiaries. Consider your involvement an investment in the future of the fisheries.
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