Catch and Release Abstract
Recent studies have measured the effects of various tackle and fishing techniques on fish mortality and offer insights for optimization of the protective aspects of catch and release fishing programs.
The study data suggests that with the application of specific tackle types and selected fishing and handling techniques, the success of catch and release programs can be significantly improved. Recent data links the causes of catch and release angling mortality to all types of gear and techniques that increase the chances of ‘deep-hooking’ and elevated physiological stress. It is shown here that if a selection of fishery specific, mortality reducing techniques are applied, via angler education and fishing regulations, the conservation benefits of catch and release fishing can be optimized.
P. Reiss, PhD.(a), M. Reiss, PhD.(b), J. Reiss, PhD.(c).
(a) CEO, Acute Angling, Inc.;
(b) Dept. of Material Science, Univ. of Maryland;
(c) Lab. Supvr., Dept. of Neurobiology, Emory Univ.