I notice that Conservation is always a hot topic on other thread titles. Then those who like to keep fish always go on about morality as if it was an insignificant factor - without morality what type of society would we be, as laws cannot govern EVERYTHING, including manners and how we treat each other! By this reasoning I think morality IS important, and IS a significant factor.
So I thought I would share what I do in my conservation efforts.
First, I always buy my salmon license, as I like to think the extra money goes to conservation efforts. I do go on one landlock trip a year however and typically keep a fish on that trip.
Second, I never keep fish that I will not eat the same day. So I don't stockpile or fill the freezer.
Third, I consider the 'daily bag limits' as my 'yearly bag limit'. So say I can keep 5 trout as a daily bag limit in the regs, then I will not keep more than 5 trout all year.
Fourth, I participate in the Saint John River Chapter of Muskies Canada Inc.'s catch and release log, providing gender, length, girth, tag (when tagged), weight of the muskies I catch.
Finally, I always buy a few Picaroons Upstream Ale when they come out this time of year, as proceeds go towards salmon conservation (ya, THAT's the reason I buy it...).
I fish A LOT. Usually at least once a week, from opening April to late November, and into ice season when ice is safe - not just a couple vacation days here and there. So I feel the regulations are not strict enough for a guy like me and this is why I operate on my own moral (gasp!) code.
So let's hear it. What do YOU do as your little part towards conservation (or not?)?