Catch and Release

In sport fishing, catch and release is a common practice as a way to conserve the resource that sport fishermen enjoy. Fish are released so they can reproduce and the population remains sustainable. This practice is mandatory in some fisheries, while some anglers choose to do so voluntarily in other fisheries that in fact allow fish to be kept.

This practice is only effective if the fish is released with care. If a fish is released in a harmful manner, such as being removed from the water for a long period of time or injuredwhile handled, then its chance of dying is increased. A fish that is being released should be kept in the water at all time except when a photograph is taken. For more information on proper catch and release, please read this article.

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