DEC Now Saying ‘We Do Not Ticket Anglers For Taking Photos Of Fish’
Remember when the DEC released a new fishing rule here in New York about taking photos of fish you catch out of season? Well apparently they are now saying they will not ticket you for this.
"The DEC does not ticket anglers for taking pictures of fish," said Lori Severino, a DEC spokesperson, in an email to syracuse.com this afternoon. She said she wished to "clarify" the DEC's position on the issue.
Earlier this month, Severino said taking a picture of an out-of-season fish that was caught by an angler was a "ticketable offense" that can result in a ticket from an environmental conservation officer. The fine could be up to $250, and/or 15 days in jail, she said.
She noted then that the "new" regulation, published on page 52 of the DEC's fishing guide, was in response to the increasing trend of anglers catching out-of-season fish and posting pictures of their catches on Facebook and other social media."
So it appears now just respect the fishing laws and release fish caught out of season.