Understanding the Regulations for Sport Fishing

When it comes to sport fishing, there are a number of regulations that must be followed in order to ensure the safety of both the fish and the fishermen. These regulations vary depending on the type of fish being caught, the location, and other factors. It is important to understand these regulations before heading out on a fishing trip. Saltwater fishing limits are set for certain species of fish, such as monkfish (goosefish), pollock, and red drum.

For monkfish, the limit is either 17 or 11 tail length, while there is no limit for pollock and red drum. However, for red drum, there is no size limit for fish under 27 years old. In addition to saltwater fishing regulations, there are also shark fishing regulations that must be followed. These regulations apply “while you are in the waters of this state or on any parcel of land, structure, or part of a road that adjoins the tidal waters of this state.” This means that regardless of where you caught your fish (federal waters, waters from other states), any fish you own must comply with Connecticut regulations (size, season, possession limits) when in Connecticut waters.

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has also established regulations for hunting and sport fishing on newly acquired land by means of a provisional determination of compatibility made at or near the time of acquisition. The final rule of the Service (RIN 1018-BF6) opens, for the first time, hunting and sport fishing in two National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) and opens or expands hunting and sport fishing in another 16 NWRs.

In addition to these regulations, some shelters may collect information on hunters and anglers seasonally, usually once a year at the start of the hunting or sport fishing season. The USFWS also works closely with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in making determinations and evaluating the ongoing need for regulations. They also review hunting and sport fishing programs annually to determine if additional seasons should be included or if it is necessary to modify the regulations of the individual seasons that govern existing programs.

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