Often anglers are required to release saltwater fish they catch to help maintain fish populations. More and more anglers are practicing “catch-and-release” to do their part to preserve marine fisheries while they enjoy their outdoor fishing experiences. Research has shown that you can significantly increase the survival rate of fish you catch by handling them properly during the release. This information offers tips on how you can properly handle and release saltwater fish.
How to Begin
Use tackle heavy enough to land a fish quickly to reduce its exhaustion. An exhausted fish is likely to be weak making it vulnerable to predators or die upon release.
Handling Your Catch
Removing the Hook
Releasing a fish safely and free of harm is key to helping it survive.
Additional information about catch-and-release is available from Florida Sea Grant.
Taking Photos of Your Catch
Florida is the “Fishing Capital of the World” due to great resources and responsible management, and we want to keep it that way. Promoting Florida fishing and boating includes an obligation to portray the fun, excitement and camaraderie in a positive fashion that reflects safe and sustainable use of Florida’s natural resources. As a consequence, some photographic tips and guidelines are provided, and we encourage all of our partners to use them to the greatest extent possible.
Additional tips for taking photos of your catch with guidelines for handling can be found here.