What is bycatch? – The Unfortunate Side of Fishing

What is bycatch? - Small boat near offshore fishing net and traps

What is bycatch? The term refers to marine animals or sea birds that are not the intended catch. The fishing industry will use fishing methods associated with bycatch including longlines, gillnets and purse seine nets. Various marine species such as sea turtles, dolphins, sharks, seabirds and even whales can all be considered bycatch. This article …

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What is Drag Net Fishing and is it Legal?

What is Drag Net Fishing? A red net on a fishing boat.

I am on the shores of one of New Zealand’s popular waters and the population looks promising. Despite the elbowing because of hundreds of anglers who have come to sport fish, everyone seems to be having so much fun. ‘’What is Drag Net Fishing?’’ I overhear a middle-aged guy holding one of the latest combos …

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Can You Eat Tarpon and How Does It Taste?

Tarpon fish jumping and swimming off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic Ocean. But can you eat tarpon and how does it taste?

As anglers, we can all agree that catching a tarpon is indeed an exhilarating challenge. However, that agreement ends when the topic of eating it starts. Tarpon is one of the most prized and appreciated game fishes because of its enormous size and forceful antics when hooked, making it an extreme dare for most fishers. …

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Alternative Fishing Lures Saving the Seas with Products Made from Ocean Plastic Waste

Alternative Fishing Lures

Recycling Ocean Plastic Waste to Produce Worlds’ First Upcycled Fishing Lures Alternative, a new rising fishing lures manufacturer, introduced their products in anticipation of launching in Spring 2021. The company has developed and designed fishing lures made from ocean plastic waste. It became a “company with a cause” as the flood of plastic waste into …

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Can You Eat Bowfin and How Does It Taste?

Close up of a bowfin. Can you eat bowfin?

Like many things, fish are categorized as either quality or trashy. Unfortunately for bowfins, they belong in the latter. But should that really be the case? The good quality fishes, known as game fish, are often the kind eaten and targeted commercially since they have come to appeal better to consumers and anglers. Meanwhile, trash …

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How Fishing Affects Coral Reefs and What We Can Do About it

several clown fish swimming and wondering how fishing affects coral reefs :)

Balance and sustainability are essential for quality existence. Nature’s ecosystems are at risk today because of the unchecked use and abuse of its natural resources. Fishing has been a source of livelihood and sustenance for centuries. However, today, the drawbacks of commercial fishing have become a significant threat to marine life, especially coral reefs.   …

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