Whenever people think of fishing, they have this notion that it’s some kind of white collar sport, aboard fancy boats and with expensive rods. Fishing for sport does not necessarily have to be the case but it certainly makes for some nice marketing campaigns. Most people prefer the quiet, lake experience with their children or work buddies. In fact, fishing with your son or daughter is definitely one of the ultimate American sights. Even Forrest Gump did it with his son.
Other fishermen prefer fishing in their own ponds which raises the concern of sustainable exploitation meaning being able to engage in this practice without tampering with ecosystems or seriously endangering species. Another easy way to think of fisheries management is the process of monitoring, control and surveillance of species and their living conditions. Most people that fish for sporting purposes throw back fish that they don’t need. Others only take home what they would eat with their family or friends. What should not be acceptable is folks fishing and killing just for the fun of it.
Proper Fishing Procedures
The most common fisheries techniques are fishing ‘’in season’’. This means only fishing for specific species when they have reproduced and not when they are fertile. Another simple technique is to only use rods and not to throw a huge net into the lake. The logic behind this is simple, if you throw a net, chances are you will catch above tenfold of what you would catch using a simple rod in less than half the time. An interesting concept in species management (even humans have it) is the Rate of Replacement which means that new species are reproducing at an acceptable level to replace their parents so that the species continues to live. We need to make sure we can continue to enjoy fishing and fish stocking in responsible ways by implementing good fishing practices.