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Keeping a Healthy Marine Ecosystem: The 2 Release Fishing Techniques All Anglers Need to Adopt

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There’s something we all need to be very aware of: If we have life on this planet is mostly thanks to that big blue spot that covers 71% of the Earth’s surface – according to NOAA. That big, blue, liquid and salty spot we call Ocean (along with the net of lakes all around the world) and the life in it, play an important role in many of the Earth’s cycles, and those cycles are basically what keep us alive.

Nowadays, due to overpopulation, our demand for food is so big, that many big companies, have enrolled into destructive fishing practices that have a negative impact on the Ocean’s ecosystem, altering the natural food chain and leading some species to extinction.

At Fantastic II Charters, we have a strong commitment and responsibility towards the Ocean and all life in it. That’s why we ask for some species to be released the right way, in order to continue doing our part to conserve the marine ecosystem.

Here are a few release techniques that you’ll probably enjoy knowing a little bit more about:

Take a moment to handle the catch properly

Whenever you get a fish in the boat, that it’s planned to be released, you need to take a moment to look for potential hazards that can harm you or the fish, for example, where the hook is located. If you catch a marlin or a sailfish, their bill can provide you with a great handle to immobilize the head and remove the hook.

We have to remember that no matter what kind of fish you caught, you need to pay special attention not to damage the gills, they are extremely fragile and it’s their primary site of oxygen exchange.

The bottom fish release

As anglers, we usually know at what site to catch which species, but unfortunately, we never know what’s going to be at the end of the line until it’s already on the surface, and sometimes that catch can be a small or prohibited bottom fish.

Although we always have a fish-descending tool on board to assist with the release of bottom fish back into deep-water, it can sometimes be tricky. Bottom fish such as rockfish, need to be released promptly within 2 minutes of surfacing, no matter how bulging the eyes are, or how protruding its stomach is, as more that 80% of bottom fish survive when returned to depths of 200 to 350 ft.

Releasing endangered or prohibited species is a good practice. At Fantastic II Charters, we want to keep the Florida Keys marine ecosystem in good condition for future generations to enjoy.
If you’re looking for an amazing sportfishing experience, give us a call. We’d be glad to provide one for you!