NOAA Fisheries Service adopted a "Code of Angling Ethics" to implement the public education strategy required under the NOAA Fisheries Service Recreational Fishery Resources Conservation Plan. The code, developed in cooperation with a wide range of constituent groups was approved on February 11, 1999, and published in the Federal Register on February 18, 1999.
The idea behind the Code of Angling Ethics is to reinforce the concepts of good resource stewardship and conservation practices. The code promotes such things as releasing, unharmed, fish you do not plan to eat, following fishing and boating regulations, and fighting pollution and habitat destruction. The approved code is a strong step by the Agency to foster sound resource management attitudes and actions with our constituents.