Catch Or Release?: How Anglers Make Their Choices
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April 2016

"Recreational" fishing is a major source of suffering in North America, Europe, and Australia. Indeed, the activity impacts fish communities throughout the world. Commonly, fishing or "angling" is regulated by setting a "creel" or "bag" limit. These limits set the number of fish per day that anglers are allowed to catch and/or keep.

It's difficult to estimate the different in suffering when it comes to catch-and-kill fishing or catch-and-release fishing. Both undoubtedly cause suffering.

The angler's decision to keep or release a fish, therefore, could have major implications for fish welfare.

For more read Catch Or Release?: How Anglers Make Their Choices.

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