Ohio to Anglers: Don’t Skin Your Fish

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is trying to combat overfishing in the Buckeye State, and they think that changing fish filleting is the way to go.

The state has implemented a new rule that requires all Ohio anglers to keep their fish whole, or at least in a complete fillet with the skin on. This allows the state law enforcement to identify catches when they’re inspecting creels and enforce catch limits. This is a similar regulation to that used by other Great Lake states and provinces including Ontario, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and Minnesota.

All anglers have to do is wait to fillet their fish until they get home, which seems like a reasonable request. Do you think this will curb overfishing in Ohio?

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