Code of Conduct

The preservation of our marine environment and the continued enjoyment of recreational angling requires that we all engage in ethical, respectful and considerate use of natural resources and that we all give the same to each other in all aspects, including while fishing. The Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association requires that all members, officers and affiliates adhere to a code of conduct.

On the water ethics

Members shall learn and obey fishing and boating regulations

Members are encouraged to report, but not confront, fishing violators.

Members shall value and respect the marine environment and all living things in it and shall:

  • Avoid spilling, and dumping pollutants on land or in the water,
  • Dispose of trash, including worn-out lines, leaders and hooks and help to keep fishing sites litter-free,
  • Keep no more fish than needed for consumption and shall never wastefully discard fish that are retained,
  • Carefully handle and release all fish that are unwanted or prohibited by regulation

General ethics

Members shall not act, nor knowingly cause or encourage others to act in any manner that would bring discredit the Association.

Members may not speak for, or otherwise imply authorization to speak for, the Association without the expressed direction of the Board of Directors.

Members may not solicit any products or services in the name of the Association, without the expressed permission of the Board of Directors, except for discounts previously arranged by the Association and made publicly available to all members