How to Measure and Release Fish Correctly Posted on December 21, 2018 by admin Uncategorized Many people approach measuring fish with a relaxed approach and risk hefty fines, particularly if the fish is borderline size. The difference of 1cm can have you in trouble, and is simply not worth the risk of a fine.Sustainable fishing means that fish are harvested at a sustainable rate, so the fish population doesn’t decline over time due to poor fishing practices. Imagine a world that is over-harvested along with the corresponding devastation to the eco-system and to our future generations. It’s the responsibility of each and every one of us to do our bit to protect the planet.Size limits are typically based on biological research to the reproductive cycle of each species. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and contribute to the population before they are taken.The biggest mistake when measuring the amount of your catch is where people don’t use a flat surface to gauge the fish on. Make sure that if you use a mat, that it’s not crumpled causing one to possibly overestimate the size of fish. Adhesive or stick-on devices, when exposed to the weather, can shrink and become unreliable. Using a solid measuring implement is the best way.As fish tend to contract if put on ice, err on the side of caution and allow an extra inch at the initial measure.The overall measurement of a fish, whether it’s fork tailed or around tailed, is taken from the exterior of the snout on the upper jaw, to the extreme tip of the tail.Your State Fisheries site will probably have an outline on the best way to measure a range of sea life e.g. crabs and squid in addition to fish, so it might be worthwhile printing out a copy and keeping it in your tackle box for reference.To help out with survival of your catch, prevent holding the stomach region as you will almost certainly damage internal organs, which reduces chances of survival dramatically.Never touch the fish’s gills as they are easily damaged.Use a pair of long-nosed pliers, or a purpose made hook-release to quickly and efficiently remove the hook. If the fish gets hooked deeply, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook from the fish as it will probably do more damage trying to get rid of a deep hook than to leave it where it is.A fish does not have any lungs so the moment it comes out of the water it stops’breathing’.Research indicates that after landing a fish, keeping it out of the water for 30 seconds reduces the odds of survival by 30%, and 60 seconds from the water reduces its own survival by 70%.Lastly, try to set the fish gently back into the water, as throwing it’s also likely to greatly reduce the fish’s chances of survival.Happy fishing!