A newly-passed New York fishing photography law will now hold social media users responsible for any fish caught out of season.
Catching fish out of season is a big no-no. In most places, even if it is accidental, the law states that you must immediately return the fish to the water as quickly as possible. But New York has taken things a step further with a new fishing photography law that makes posting pictures of these out-of-season fish a ticketable offense.
The new regulation was published with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s regulations digest that is given to every angler when they purchase their fishing license.
The regulation reads:
“A person may not fish for a species (even if immediately released) during the closed season for that species on a given water. Fish caught during the closed season must be unhooked and released immediately. They may not be handled for any other purpose, including taking a picture.”
This new fishing photography law means that any time an angler catches a fish out of season, or that is endangered, and then taking the time to snap a quick picture with said fish is illegal and you can be punished with a $250 fine and/or 15 days in jail.
This law, like any other conservation law, has been put in place to help protect the fish and animals when they need it the most. When anglers disturb fish during certain seasons, it can severely impact the reproductive cycles and the futures of those fish.
By following this law closely you are actually helping to ensure that you have fish to catch next year.
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