recreational fishing impact

Study considers recreational fishing impact
A Coffs Harbour-based Department of Primary Industries study is attempting to reduce the impact of recreational fishing.

The study will involve tagging and monitoring fish to see how they manage in their natural habitat after being hooked and then released.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald announced an additional $1 million in funding for the three year project yesterday.

He says the study will lead to the development of more environmentally sound fishing technologies, such as fish hooks that corrode more quickly.

“To ensure that we don’t over-fish from the recreational side, it’s important that we develop these catch and release techniques,” he said.

“For instance, it may be better that we design better hooks. That the simple technique of just cutting the line close to the hook would be sufficient to enhance the survival of the fish.”

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