From the scientific journal of Fish and Fisheries, Professor Jim Rose and research studies, from Australia, reveals, “fish are not equipped consciously to feel pain.” The don’t have the brain or nerve receptors to feel it.
Pain starts in the membrane
Fish are equipped with a primitive nervous system that allows them to respond quickly to stimulus, but they can’t feel pain or remember it. Studies of ‘catch and release’ angling consistently demonstrated that it’s impossible to assume fish feel pain. Rose and his team said any reports to the contrary are lacking in proper evidence.
The debate over fish feeling pain has always been ill perceived by certain members of the population and the proper studies show that fish resume normal activity as soon as they are released once caught by hook.
Anglers care about fish stocks, ‘catch and release’ is an investment in your future
The livelihood and passion of fishing depends on proper care of fish that are caught and released if they are not being caught to be eaten. Modern fishing and tackle have come a long way to improve ‘catch and release’ methods and fish that are released back into the water have a high survival rate. More than any other group fishermen work for the environment and marine life improvements and respect and abide by fishing regulations.
Angler education is increasing conservation efforts and results
The United States federal and local governments maintain conservation agencies as a means to study, develop, implement and enforce conservation. The efficacy of ‘catch and release’ (release-handling phase) has been studied intensely now for years to maintain healthy fisheries and a rigorous scientific approach. These studies have been performed in a wide range of environments and on a wide range of species.
Catch and release reminders:
1. Fish caught in the esophagus and gills have a 1% mortality rate.
2. A fish ‘hooked’ in an organ has a 1% chance of survival.
3. Using artificial bait, lures, flies significantly reduces the chance of mortality, the fish are hooked immediately on contact and avoid deep hooking injuries.
4. “J” hook has been exchange for the use of a “circle” hook to minimize injury.
5.Fish played to exhaustion will subsequently die within 24 hours, using stronger line, heavy tackle, allow the fish to be handled rapidly. A Boga grip tool, protects the fish slim coating, jaw, fins and gills. The tool makes it easier to land the fish when gets close to the boat, reducing fish handling time. It lands and weighs fish quickly. Fishing nets can still cause damage to the fish’s coating, gills and fins.
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