Anglers have more options to maximize released fish survival rates

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 07:00 PM.

The use of non-stainless steel, non-offset circle hooks and dehooking devices are still required in state and federal Gulf waters when fishing for reef fish. These tools minimize handling time for reef fish, which aids in survival of the fish upon release.

To learn more about recognizing barotrauma and venting tools, and what to do if a fish is suffering from barotrauma, go to the FWC website and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling” and look under “Tackle.” Information about reef fish gear rules is available under “Recreational Regulations.”

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