QUICK GUIDE TO RESPONSIBLE FISHING
Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in Australia. It is certainly one of the biggest outdoor recreational activities in the country. Being a good Aussie fisho is not just about catching more fish and knowing about the best fishing spots, it is about caring for the environment.
By practising responsible fishing techniques, you don’t just care for the environment, you also help to protect those fishing areas for the future. Keep in mind these tips to better responsible fishing and spread the word.
Whether you are walking, hiking, boating or driving, always think about the potential damage you could be doing to the environment. Minimal impact is the key to responsible fishing, which includes getting there and going home afterwards.
DON’T SPREAD SPECIES
Never move live fish from one area to another. Don’t throw dead baits into the water after you are finished with them. Don’t drag one plant type to another micro-environment. Australia is already subject to enough introduced species, we don’t need to be spreading them around.
TAKE YOUR RUBBISH WITH YOU
Rubbish includes your used fishing tackle. Never leave any rubbish behind, even if it is organic. Never put human waste into waterways. Follow the basic principles of responsible camping.
DON’T RELEASE CHEMICALS
Chemicals, such as those from cleaning products, should never be released into the water. If you are cooking your catch, never throw used cooking oil into the environment.
LEAVE IT BETTER THAN WHEN YOU ARRIVED
There’s no need to wait for someone else to clean up if you see a rubbish. You can always pick it up as you go because if we don’t do it, who will?
GO WITH LURES
Modern fishing lures have brought a lot of fun to fishing. Most people don’t realise they are very environmentally friendly because live bait can often bring exotics into a micro-environment.
KNOW YOUR REGULATIONS
Apart from doing the right thing for the environment, you can save yourself from getting into a lot of trouble. Beyond knowing your catch limits, you should also think about only taking what you need. A load of fish in the freezer is no good to anyone.
RESPECT ALL WILDLIFE
Responsible fishos care about all wildlife. Take a break from fishing when marine mammals or birds enter into your fishing area. There is no point trying to scare them off because those sort of tactics tend to attract their attention. Report injured or distressed marine life to the appropriate authorities.
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