Going Fishing Guide

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In Nebraska, anglers older than 15 years are required to carry a valid fi shing permit. Money from the permits helps fund Game and Parks' efforts to manage and conserve fi shing resources. Additional funding for conservation efforts comes from taxes paid on fi shing tackle and equipment. Regulations are recommended by fi sheries professionals who make assessments about a fi shery by sampling fi sh and making estimates of the abundance and health of fi sh populations. Recommendations are reviewed by the board of commissioners that governs the agency, and approved recommendations are published in a Fishing Guide, which is available anywhere fi shing permits are sold, and at OutdoorNebraska.org. All anglers are required to follow regulations, which include: Daily bag limits: A bag limit establishes the number of a particular species or group of species that you can keep in any one day. Possession limits: A possession limit establishes total number of a species or combination of species that you CHAPTER 8 REGULATI0NS AND ETHICS THE LAW AND THE MORAL CODE "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching" – John Wooden, American basketball Hall of Fame player and coaching legend that led UCLA to a record 10 national championships. REGULATIONS Game and Parks is responsible for managing, conserving and regulating the state's resources. That includes fi sh and aquatic resources. Those resources are managed largely by creating and enforcing regulations on how the resources are used. Fishing regulations are laws about fi shing that are designed to maintain healthy fi sh populations. These laws are determined in response to economic, social and cultural demands on the state's fi sheries. may possess (not just in your cooler at the lake, but also in your freezer back at home). Length limits: A length limit establishes a maximum or minimum length at which a fi sh can be harvested. Invasive species regulations: These regulations may prohibit: – the transport of fi sh from one body of water to another. – the transport of water from one body of water to another. – the use of live bait fi sh. Catch-and-release: This regulation prohibits any harvest of a species. Harvesting of fi sh that does not comply with regulations is called "poaching" and is a violation of the law, punishable by fi nes or imprisonment. Regulations shouldn't be viewed as a restriction, a hassle or something that gets in the way of fi shing. Regulations protect the state's fi sheries resources and the angler's ability to go fi shing. 41 CHAPTER 8 ● REGULATIONS AND ETHICS

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