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10 Practical Tips for Sustainable Recreational Fishing

If you are serious about protecting the environment

If you want your children also to enjoy the pleasure from fishing


No 1: Get acquainted with the rules for fishing

One of the most important things we can do as fishermen. Each country has a set of regulations. Every fisherman should know the local regulations. Obtain the necessary permits - the amounts of money from fishing tickets support programmes that protect fish stocks for future generations of fishermen.

No 2: Catch and release

If you return the fish back into the water, you give it a chance to live, to reproduce, to have more fish to catch in future. Keep the fish in the water while removing the bait or hook. Don't take it out just to take pictures with your five friends. If this is the catch of your life, take the picture quickly and return the fish to the water.

No 3: Do not throw fish that are dangerous to native species back into the water

Invasive species! They have been accidentally or intentionally introduced into marine and freshwater ecosystems and come from other parts of the world.

No 4: Use the right fishing tackle

Make sure your equipment is suitable for the types of fish you are fishing in order to increase the percentage of survival.

No 5: Do not use lead bait - they are toxic to fish

The good news is that today there are many alternative fishing gears made from eco-friendly materials.

No 6: Treat your fish with care

Removal from the natural environment is already stressful for the fish. Do not roughly pull the hook out of its mouth and stick your fingers in the gills. Do not use anything but your wet hands and return it to the water as quickly as possible. If possible, treat the wound with antibiotic paste.

No 7: Do not leave behind any waste

Don't forget empty beer cans, chips, bait and bait bags. This has huge environmental implications. If you are really concerned about the environment, collect the garbage you see, even if it is not yours.

No 8: Keep your boat in excellent condition and do not leave a carbon footprint

Climate change is a huge threat to fish stocks. If you have a boat, your role is to take the most effective measures to minimize the carbon footprint. Try fishing with a boat powered only by paddles!

No 9: In case you take the catch, use every part of it

Compost fish residues with other wastes - in just a few months they become humus-rich. Find other ways to use all or at least most of the fish.

No 10: Teach other anglers and kids the rules for sustainable fishing

Teach them to respect the environment and appreciate the pleasure of fishing.

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