4. TAKING NO MORE THAN OUR IMMEDIATE NEEDS
A vital way we can participate in conserving fish stocks is to limit our catch by taking only sufficient fish or other aquatic organisms for our own immediate needs.
Looking after our fisheries means:
- Avoiding waste
- Using commonsense and restraint when fishing. For example, carefully return unwanted catch to the water.
- Practising correct catch and release techniques, by observing the ‘Gently does it’ strategy for survival of released fish
- Observing all regulations such as bag and size limits for recreational fishing
- Avoiding the collection of excessive amounts of bait
- Carefully returning unwanted live bait, and only to the waters from which it was taken.