The do's and don'ts of catch and release

Cape Town is a city where some people enjoy fishing and venture to the ocean to get their next big catch.

But what does it mean to fish responsibly? What do you do if you catch a large shark on the beach? It's not as simple as tossing your catch back into the ocean thinking that you've saved a life.

SASSI's robot system informs people about fish that are safe to consume and buy, as well as the fish that are restricted and illegal.

After having an interesting conversation with a listener about the nine day fishing window period - Africa took the time to chat with ORI Senior Scientist Dr Bruce Mann about ways to catch and release responsibly.

One of the things that we recommend is in the case of fishing from the shore. If you’re fishing with a rod and line from the beach or from a rocky point - the first thing you’ve got to think about if you're targeting sharks or rays, in other words, big heavy fish that are difficult to handle. You’ve got to think about where you're going to land those animals.

Dr Bruce Mann, ORI Senior Scientist

Dr Mann strongly states that they don’t advocate using gas because being gased and dragged ruthlessly, results in death most of the time . In this day and age, the aim is to keep the animals alive and inflict the least amount of pain.

What we advocate is that you don’t remove that animal from water. The most important thing with catch and release when you’re releasing animals is that you keep them in the water. The longer they’re removed from the water, the higher the chance is that they're going to die.

Dr Bruce Mann, ORI Senior Scientist

TOP TIPS

  1. If you have to remove the shark or ray from the water, try supporting it with the help of two or more people.
  2. Avoid holding a shark up by its tail and don't use a gaff to assist in landing.
  3. When landing a stingray, fishermen need to avoid the poisonous spines located on the tail.
  4. Never place your fingers in the spiracles which are the holes behind the eyes used for breathing.
  5. To land a stingray or skate, never turn it upside-down.

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