The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has just issued a bulletin urging hunters to “be vigilant” about catching the best fish, particularly in a changing global environment.
The bulletin was issued Thursday after an aggressive hunt in Alaska, where more than 100 fishers killed nearly 2,000 black cod, black bass and bluegill in one of the busiest months of the year.
It was the largest fishery catch in the agency’s history, and the first in the past decade.
It also marked the first year since 2009 that the agency has issued a statewide fishery fishery bulletin.
The hunt comes as the number of fish caught in the United States has fallen from a peak of nearly 4 million fish caught every year in 2010 to fewer than 2 million last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The agency said that number dropped to 1.9 million fish last year.
In Alaska, fishers used a combination of bait, nets and traps to catch more than 400,000 fish.
Fishers have been hunting in Alaska since the late 1960s, when the agency began its fishery program in the state.
The fishery was established in 1970.
Agency officials said that during the hunt, the average fishing vessel was out to about 60 miles a day, but that some of the smaller boats were out to nearly 90 miles a.m.
The agency said it is working with local law enforcement and the federal government to educate the public on how to recognize fish and how to use them responsibly.
It is also issuing a list of ways to get the word out to fishing partners.