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Fishing for Fun? It Has a Bigger Environmental Impact Than We Thought

Let's go fishin'! After all, a lone angler fishing from a dock or a few friends going out to sea can't have all that much of an effect on fish populations … right?  Think again.  "When you're floating in the open ocean, it can be hard to imagine that your hobby will have an impact on the overall health of a fishery," said Sepp Haukebo, who works on recreational fisheries conservation issues for the Environmental Defense Fund. "But multiply the number of fish a single angler catches and discards in a day by millions of anglers and you have a significant harvest on your hands."  Haukebo echoes points made in two new studies, published in the journals Fish and Fisheries and Frontiers in Marine Science, that show recreational fishing has a much bigger collective effect on oceanic species than previously realized, with nearly one million tons of fish caught every year.  Read more....

 

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