Catch and release fishing is a process whereby a fish is caught it is returned to the water unharmed so that it survives and continues its existence in its natural environment. This practice improves native fish populations by allowing more fish to remain and reproduce in the ecosystem. It also provides an opportunity for increasing numbers of anglers to enjoy fishing and to catch fish successfully. To ensure the enjoyment of the recreational opportunity for generations to come, catch and release anglers release native fish caught while in a national park. These anglers would immediately release native fish – unharmed – back to the water where they are caught. When done properly, catch and release methods result in high survival rates. This method of fishing is difficult to execute successfully and takes a lot of practice.
Many anglers have at one time or the other gotten a bad hook in hand at some point, and most of those hooks are barbed. In situations where a barbless fishing hook is used, an angler can easily slide the hook out with barely a mark. Alternatively, barbless fishing hooks can be created by using a pair of pliers or hemostats to pinch the barb down on a regular hook. A lot of people switch to barbless is to be a little nicer to the fish. It’s an easy conclusion to arrive at. The less harm you are doing to a fish’s face, the better. You can remove a barbless fly with little effort and often without even having to take the fish out of the water.
Aquatic habitats are home to countless species of fish and invertebrates. Most of these invertebrates are consumed as food, while others are harvested for economic reasons (e.g. oysters that produce pearls used in jewelry). All over the world, in many diverse cultures, seafood is seen as an important source of protein and healthy fats.
People have fished to feed families and local communities. This demand for seafood worldwide, along with advances in technology, has led to fishing practices that are depleting fish and shellfish populations around the world. Fishing practices remove more than 77 billion kilograms (170 billion pounds) of wildlife from the sea every year. This has bred fear in scientists that continuing to fish at this rate may soon result in a collapse of the world’s fisheries. Sustainable fishing exists as a way for us to regulate these practices and to continue relying on the ocean as an important food source.
*We love fishing while trying to preserve Mother Earth.