Plunder for the Planet

Thoughts on Catch and Release Fishing…

This post was made on Facebook and the man was hoping that people would share it, in hopes that people FOR catch and release programs would consider why catch and release is a bad idea….

On the beach outside our dive centre an ongoing crime against our planet is being committed.

The area is a nursery for several species of sharks such as hammerheads, bull sharks black tip sharks and others. In this sensitive state of their pre-maturity some people amuse themselves by what is called catch-and-release fishing thinking they have no impact on the marine life. “It’s OK, we’ll throw them back in” is a phrase I have learned to hate. I wish there was a way to make people understand like in The Matrix. Plug a cable into the back of the head and instantly be “aware”. There is not – so I write this here.

Catch-and-release fishing has nothing to do what is best of the fish but to make the fisherman feel better about himself. It is a cruelty disguised as sport. Studies show that fish who are caught and then returned to the water suffer physical injuries which most of the time lead to a drawn out suffering and almost certain death. There is also such severe physiological stress which is actually enough for the fish to die of shock. Fish often swallow hooks, which anglers often try to retrieve by inserting their fingers or pliers down the fish’s throat, ripping out not just the hook but some of the fish’s throat and guts as well. These and other injuries make fish easy targets for predators once they are returned to the water.

When fish are handled, the protective mucous layer on their bodies is damaged which leads to infections and disease. This is not only harmful for the fish that is caught and released as diseases can spread to other individuals.
Fish feel pain because, like all animals, they have nerves. Once on the hook the fish struggles out of fear and physical pain, desperate to breathe. Once fish are pulled out of the water they begin to suffocate, and their gills often collapse. The swim bladders can rupture because of the sudden change in pressure and they may have bulging eyes and bloated abdomens.

Angling hurts other animals too. Every year, anglers leave behind a trail of tackle victims that includes millions of birds, turtles, and other animals who suffer debilitating injuries after they swallow fishhooks or become entangled in fishing line. Wildlife rehabilitators say that discarded fishing tackle is one of the greatest threats to aquatic animals.

Fishing is far from a harmless pastime. What would the world say if the same technique was used to catch and release other endangered animals such as tigers? How long would it last if someone came up with the idea to bait a hook with bread and catch ducks in the pond in the park? Why is it considered OK to treat fish in a way we would never treat any other animal and call it a sport?
My problem is to get this message out to the people who are practicing catch-and-release fishing.

Feel free to share this post and spread the gospel.  ~ Anders S Omething


What are your thoughts on Catch and Release?   He’s made many, many valid points.  Comment Below to share your thoughts.





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This entry was posted on November 11, 2013 by in Conservation, You can help! and tagged , , .
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