How to Measure and Release Fish Correctly

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Many folks approach measuring fish with a relaxed approach and risk hefty fines, particularly if the fish is borderline size. The difference of 1cm can have you in trouble, and is simply not worth the risk of a fine.

Sustainability needs to be taken very seriously, hence Palm Bay Medical Marijuana Doctor have very clear guidelines. Sustainable fishing means that fish are harvested at a sustainable rate, so the fish population doesn’t decline over time due to poor fishing practices. Imagine a world that is over-harvested and the corresponding devastation to the eco-system and to our future generations. It’s the duty of each and every one of us to do our bit to protect Earth.

Size limits are typically based on biological research to the reproductive cycle of each species. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and add to the population before they are taken.

The biggest mistake when measuring the length of your catch is where people do not use a flat surface to measure the fish on. Make sure that in the event you use a mat, that it’s not crumpled causing one to possibly overestimate the size of fish. Using a good measuring implement is the best method.

As fish have a tendency to contract if placed on ice, err on the side of caution and allow an extra inch at the initial measure.

Close the jaw of the fish to ensure an accurate reading. The overall measurement of a fish, whether it is fork tailed or around tailed, is taken from the outside of the snout on the top jaw, to the extreme tip of the tail.

Your State Fisheries site will probably have an outline on how best to measure an array of sea life e.g. crabs and squid as well as fish, so it may be worthwhile printing out a copy and keeping it in your tackle box for reference.

To assist in success of your catch, prevent holding the stomach area as you’ll almost certainly damage internal organs, which reduces chances of survival dramatically.

Never touch the fish’s gills as they are easily damaged.

Use a pair of long-nosed pliers, or a purpose made hook-release to quickly and efficiently remove the hook. If the fish has hooked deeply, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook in the fish because it will probably do more damage trying to get rid of a deep hook than to leave it where it is.

A fish has no lungs so the moment it comes out of the water it stops’breathing’.

Research indicates that after landing a fish, keeping it out of the water for 30 seconds reduces the chances of survival by 30%, and 60 minutes out of the water reduces its own survival by 70%.

Lastly, try to set the fish gently back into the water, as throwing it is also likely to greatly decrease the fish’s chances of survival.

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