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ECO-FRIENDLY PRACTICES FOR ANGLERS TO ADOPT

Anglers are thought of as one of the fiercest protectors of the environment. Since they spend a lot of time outdoors, they’re able to monitor certain changes in their surroundings and alert proper authorities. Still, there’s a lot more that can be done to reduce our ecological footprint.

Here are sustainable, eco-friendly practices that anglers should consider adopting.

GREEN FISHING GEAR

Anglers can do their part in taking care of the environment by not purchasing equipment that’s made from toxic and non-biodegradable materials. There’s already a lot of green fishing gear available in the market such as lead-free non-toxic sinkers and lures as well as a biodegradable fishing line. Though anglers may feel a bit hesitant in straying away from their tried-and-tested equipment, rest assured that eco-friendly fishing gear will still produce the same level of performance.

REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS

If you have an older boat, it may be time to update its engine. Advances in technology have allowed for the creation of engines with lower fuel consumption and fewer carbon emissions. Changing the boat’s engine may cost you but in the long run, a newer engine will be much more economical. You have lower fuel costs and newer engines are actually much easier to maintain.

Another way to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce your reliance on your boat’s traditional motor. Electric trolling motors are about as green as it gets.

CATCH AND RELEASE

Anglers do their best to abide by the restrictions placed by authorities when it comes to certain fish species, size limits and the number of fish you can catch. This is to prevent the depletion of fish stocks due to overfishing. If you’re taking your catch with you, avoid waste by making sure that each and every fish will be consumed.

If not, consider releasing your excess catch. Just take enough pictures for documentation and bragging purposes and set them free. However, the fish shall be in good condition with no bodily damage. Also, release smaller fish back into the water so they have a chance to grow and mature

DISPOSE OF TRASH PROPERLY

Anglers bring a lot of gear with them during fishing trips. However, that mustn’t be an excuse for leaving behind used tackle and other trash. If not disposed of properly, fish and other animals can become tangled with your forgotten line or injured by hooks you left behind. One easy solution is to carry with you a trash bag and this is where you put cigarette butts, plastic containers and the like. Keep in mind the “Leave No Trace” philosophy.

Becoming an eco-friendly angler doesn’t mean having to give up on certain comforts. It’s really more about being conscious of how our actions can impact the environment. Take charge and fish in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner.


 

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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.