Handling and Releasing a Fish
Often it is necessary to release a fish because it is too small to keep, illegal to keep, under the length limit, not a species you are targeting or one you do not wish to take home to eat. In these cases, releasing fish unharmed is a conservation measure which contributes to fish populations, rather than decreasing them. But good intentions are not enough, because improper care before releasing a fish can reduce its chances of survival. With a little care and by following these simple guidelines, you can give released fish a better chance of survival.
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