QUICK GUIDE TO MINIMISING YOUR IMPACT ON KAYAK WEEKEND FISHING TRIPS
Taking care of the environment is a big part of enjoying it. Camping and kayak fishing go hand in hand. On your next camping kayak fishing trip, think about the ways you can minimise your impact on the environment. Here are some ideas to get you started. Let’s go kayak fishing and camping without leaving a trace.
KNOW THE REGULATIONS
We always need to know the regulations of the area we are paddling and camping in. Know the rules of the water and the rules of the land. Know if you can bury human waste or it needs to be removed. Think twice before dumping human waste into waterways. Know the fire regulations. Know local leash laws and always keep your pets supervised. Make sure you have a permit for the area you are in if required.
Take care when getting in and out of your kayak along shorelines as these areas often inhabit bird-nesting sites. Be careful not to disturb fish spawning grounds. Remember mangroves are sensitive environments.
Return unwanted or undersized fish to the water as soon as possible. Collect only the bait your require.
CLEAN UP YOUR MESS
Never leave any rubbish behind. Plastic is being dumped enough everywhere across our planet. Never leave any tackle in rivers or the oceans.
Know about invasive species and what you can do to help. Stay well clear of wild animals.
The best campsites are found and not created. Try to use previously used campsites. Whatever you do, leave the local environment as you found it. Avoid digging up the ground when pitching tents and limit your stay in a single place to a maximum of three nights. Wash everything at least 50 metres from any water source, such as lakes and rivers. Never leave food open around your campsite.
KEEP THE NOISE DOWN
Pollutions isn’t only in the form of rubbish. Think about how you are impacting the environment with devices like stereo systems. Let nature’s sound prevail.
In summary, caring for the environment when camping and kayaking comes down to respecting the environment.
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