Lots of folks approach measuring fish with a relaxed approach and risk hefty fines, especially if the fish is borderline dimension. The difference of 1cm can have you in trouble, and is simply not worth the risk of a fine.
Sustainable fishing usually means that fish are harvested at a sustainable pace, so the fish population doesn’t decline over time because of poor fishing practices. Imagine a world that’s over-harvested along with the corresponding devastation to the eco-system and to our future generations. It’s the duty of each and every one of us to do our bit to protect Earth.
Size limits are usually based on biological research to the reproductive cycle of each species. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and add to the population before they’re taken.
The biggest mistake when measuring the amount of your catch is where people do not use a flat surface to gauge the fish on. Make sure that in the event you use a mat, that it’s not crumpled causing one to possibly overestimate the size of fish. Using a good measuring implement is the best method.
As fish have a tendency to contract if put on ice, err on the side of caution and permit an extra inch in the initial measure.
The total measurement of a fish, while it’s fork tailed or around tailed, is taken from the exterior of the snout on the top jaw, to the extreme tip of the tail.
Your State Fisheries site will probably have an outline on the best way best to measure a range of sea life e.g. crabs and squid in addition to fish, so it may be worthwhile printing out a copy and keeping it in your tackle box for reference.
To help out with success of your catch, prevent holding the stomach area as you’ll most likely damage internal organs, which reduces chances of survival dramatically.
Never touch the fish’s gills as they’re easily damaged.
Use a set of long-nosed pliers, or a purpose made hook-release to rapidly and efficiently remove the hook. If the fish gets hooked deeply, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook from the fish because it will likely do more damage trying to get rid of a deep hook compared to leave it where it is.
A fish does not have any lungs so the moment it comes from the water it stops’breathing’.
Research suggests that after landing a fish, keeping it out of the water for 30 seconds reduces the odds of survival by 30%, and 60 minutes from the water reduces its own survival by 70%.
Lastly, try to set the fish gently back into the water, as throwing it’s also likely to greatly reduce the fish’s chances of survival.