Proper release of marine fishes has become increasingly important to anglers. In order to maintain healthy fish populations, each angler is responsible for carefully handling fish that are hooked, and releasing fish that are not harvested so they can spawn or perhaps be caught again.
Reef fish may require special handling during release to decrease mortality. This information is based on the best available research regarding reef fish venting as interpreted by a Florida Sea Grant Advisory Panel assembled to review this research. Although the authors realize the need for further study of the influence of venting on long-term reef fish survival, sufficient information exists to warrant providing guidelines to assist anglers in successful release practices.
Barotrauma Video Series
Florida Sea Grant extension agents Betty Staugler and Angela Collins, in partnership with Shark Brothers Multimedia, created a 5-part video series on barotrauma and options for mitigating its effects, including use of venting and descending techniques.
How To Vent A Fish (Watch the Video from Mote Marine Laboratory)
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