One focus area of Florida Sea Grant is the wise use of Florida’s fisheries resources. Saltwater fishing in Florida generates $6 billion in economic impact and supports tens of thousands of jobs. Sustainable fisheries rely upon educated anglers and effective management. Recreational fishermen often release fish that they do not want to keep, or that they can not keep due to fishing regulations.
Discard mortality is a major issue, diminishing the effectiveness of protective measures. Many problems tied to fish releases can be avoided using special tackle and techniques, but fishermen have to know how and when to use them.
The intent of Florida Sea Grant’s fisheries extension program is to reduce discard mortality of fish that are caught and released. Florida Sea Grant provides research and information to help recreational fishermen learn sustainable fishing practices.
For more information regarding Catch and Release fishing, please contact your local Florida Sea Grant extension agent.