New law aims to improve catch-and-release offshore
As of Jan. 13, 2022, Gulf anglers must have either a venting tool or a descending device rigged and ready to use when fishing for, or in possession of, reef fish in federal waters.
- Requires fishermen to have a venting tool or descending device rigged and ready to use when fishing for reef fish by January 13, 2022.
- Applies to fishing for reef fish from commercial vessels, charter vessels and headboats, and private recreational fishing vessels.
- Allows fishermen to choose which device to have rigged and ready for use.
“Anglers have long recognized their responsibility to practice successful catch-and-release to ensure our fisheries are healthy and sustainable for future generations,” said Pat Murray, president of CCA. “Descending devices are an available, effective tool for properly conserving our marine resources and we look forward to the positive impacts of this legislation on recreational fisheries going forward.”
For more details – and descriptions of acceptable descending devices and venting tools – click HERE visit the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council web page on the DESCEND ACT.