Do you like to go to fishing but you have a keen sense of environmental sensitivity? Lately, forms of sport that involve the use of animals are being appreciated less and less. For many, hunting and fishing are not considered sports, but cruel practices that should be totally renounced.
There is however a form of sport fishing that respects the environment and fish.
How to fish sustainably. The "catch & release" fishing
Catch & release fishing is an environmentally friendly sport: it gives the opportunity to catch fish to make a comparison between fishermen, and then leave them free to continue living.
Special hooks are used, so the fish are not damaged during sport fishing. Mortality risks are low. The only drawback at the moment: there are no guarantees on the survival of the fish after capture, due to the damage that the hook could have inflicted on the digestive system of the fish. With these hooks small fish cannot be caught. By carefully choosing the right hooks you avoid taking young specimens, which have not yet reproduced.
Sustainable fishing, useful tips
Use barbless hooks: Barbless hooks can facilitate faster removal from the fish's mouth and reduce the risk of injury.
Once you have caught the fish, bring the fish ashore as quickly as possible. This is especially important when trout fishing in periods of rising water temperatures (greater than 21 degrees), it is also for warm water species, when water temperatures are relatively high (above 26 degrees) .
Always use a landing net: using a landing net can help reduce the amount of time it takes to bring the fish ashore instead of keeping it struggling in shallow water or on the shore.
Get your hands wet: wet your hands, landing net, and other materials that may come into contact with the fish. This reduces mucus removal and reduces the chance of bacterial infections.
Keep the fish upside down while removing the hook: it can relax the fish and reduce stress during handling.
Remove the hook with pliers: essential tool for the rapid removal of the hooks.
Cut the line when it is not possible to remove the hook: a small piece of line should be left on the hook to facilitate passage through the digestive system
Do not touch the gills: the gill filaments are very sensitive and can be easily injured.
Fish should be handled close to the head and tail if possible or gently holding the fish near the midsection. Or it can be safely managed by holding it with the thumb in the mouth and the index finger under the chin.
Once released, place the fish vertically under the water and let it swim away by its own means.
With these tips you can continue fishing while respecting the creatures of the sea.
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