Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Correct Release Provides Future Fishing

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Correct Release Provides Future Fishing

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Byline: Bruce Mckean bruce.mckean@dailymercury.com.au

ANGLERS are often criticised for killing fish but a new study has revealed that 50 per cent of fish are now being released.

Fisheries education officer Karl Roebuck said an education program to help promote the safe release of fish was now being prepared because studies throughout Australia show that about half of all fish caught recreationally are released.

"With more and more anglers using the catch and release method it is important they know how to safely release fish," he said.

"Taking care to release a fish correctly means it has a better chance of surviving and will help protect and conserve Queensland's fish species."

Mr Roebuck said there were good and bad ways of releasing fish and too many anglers think they have done the right thing by just putting the fish back in the water.

"Anglers who release fish should make sure they cause minimal damage when removing the hook," he said. …

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