Fishing is the perfect hobby for getting out in the fresh air, giving plenty of us a chance to relax and reflect whilst spending time in the great outdoors. Long gone are the days when fishing only took place to put food on our tables, and now, most fishing enthusiasts are happy to release their catches back into the water. But while the fish might be safer, care still needs to be taken to male sure that other surrounding wildlife and plants don’t suffer.
The following tips will show how you can make your fishing eco friendly:
Watch out for fishing line
Fishing line can be one of the key causes for the injury and death of birds living around lakes and rivers. Often, fishing line becomes tangled around their necks, beaks or wings, preventing movement or even their ability to eat and breathe. Watch out when you cast out your line to ensure all birds and other animals are out of harm’s way, and never leave unwanted fishing line behind.
While you may make plenty of effort to bring all fishing lines and tackle home with you, choosing biodegradable tackle helps to ensure the minimal environmental impact of any irretrievable fishing line, as well as reducing its impact as waste when it reaches the end of its useful life. Fishing manufacturers are now placing a bigger focus on tackle which is biodegradable without introducing damaging chemicals into waterways. Try www.greentackle.com for fishing gear which won’t damage the environment.
Choosing the right hook
Choosing the right hook for the fish and learning to remove is safely is crucial to maintaining healthy fish populations in our seas, lakes and rivers. Simply removing a fish from water can cause it a certain amount of stress and it will quickly tire out whilst struggling on the end of the line. Choose the smallest hook for the type of fish you are catching, and practice shallow hooking, which catches the fish by the mouth, cheek or jaw, rather than deep hooking which can cause internal injuries to the fish by catching its throat, gills or belly. Once catching the fish, allow it to return to the water as soon as possible to restore the oxygen levels in its blood. Also make sure not to damage its mucous protective layer, by holding it with wet hands or gloves.
Leave no trace
As well as ensuring not to leave potentially dangerous fishing equipment behind, it is important for the health of wildlife and the local environment to pack up everything you’ve brought with you, particularly litter and packaging. Keeping your favourite waterway free of man made items allows wildlife to flourish and the eco system to remain balanced.
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