Many people approach measuring fish with a relaxed approach and risk hefty fines, particularly if the fish is borderline size. Even the difference of 1cm can have you in trouble, and is just not worth the risk of a fine.
Sustainability has to be taken very seriously, hence Fisheries have very clear guidelines. Sustainable fishing means that fish are harvested at a sustainable pace, so the fish population doesn’t decline over time due to poor fishing practices. Imagine a world that’s over-harvested and the corresponding devastation to the eco-system and to our future generations. It is the duty of each and every one of us to do our bit to protect Earth.
Size limits are typically based on biological research into the reproductive cycle of each species. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and contribute to the population before they are taken.
The biggest mistake when measuring the length of your catch is where people do not use a flat surface to measure the fish on. Make sure that in the event you use a mat, that it is not crumpled causing one to possibly overestimate the size of fish. Adhesive or stick-on apparatus, Palm Bay Medical Marijuana, when exposed to the weather, can shrink and become unreliable. Using a good measuring implement is the best method.
As fish tend to contract if put on ice, err on the side of caution and allow an extra inch at the initial measure.
Close the jaw of the fish to ensure an accurate reading. The total measurement of a fish, whether it is fork tailed or around tailed, is taken from the exterior of the snout on the top jaw, to the extreme tip of the tail.
Your State Fisheries site will likely have an outline on how to measure a range of sea life e.g. crabs and squid in addition to fish, so it may be worthwhile printing out a copy and keeping it in your tackle box for reference.
To help out with survival of your catch, avoid holding the belly area as you’ll most likely damage internal organs, which reduces chances of survival dramatically.
Never touch the fish’s gills as they’re easily damaged.
Use a set of long-nosed pliers, or a purpose made hook-release to quickly and efficiently remove the hook. If the fish gets hooked deeply, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook from the fish as it will probably do more damage trying to remove a deep hook than to leave it where it is.
A fish does not have any lungs so the moment it comes from the water it stops’breathing’.
Research suggests that after landing a fish, keeping it out of the water for 30 seconds reduces the odds of survival by 30%, and 60 minutes out of the water reduces its survival by 70%.
Lastly, try to place the fish gently back into the water, as throwing it is also likely to greatly decrease the fish’s chances of survival.