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S.A.F.E. Angling

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 03:31 PM

S.A.F.E. Angling stands for Sustaining Angling,Fish,& Ecosystems.

It is a project of Recycled Fish designed to get anglers the best information on how to be a steward on the water. It equips you with the practices and products you need to be a steward on the water and to practice eco-friendly fishing

The ideas presented as S.A.F.E. Angling practices are not original, but a compilation of "best practices" by all types of anglers. These ideas benefit the weekend angler with limited time and money, as well as the professional tournament angler in both freshwater and saltwater. SAFE Angling benefits not only our waterways and the fish in them, but the angler and future anglers as well.

10 Keys for SAFE Angling
Here are our top 10 S.A.F.E. Angling practices as pertaining to on-the-water practices:

1. Diligent Catch & Release practices including good fish handling and good catch, photo, release practices.

2. Selective Harvest practices based on a real understanding of the specific fishery, and strictly obeying all fish and game laws.

3. Undistracted attention with constant monitoring of live- and dead- bait rods, using bells or strike indicators when necessary.

4.Using Fluorocarbon, steel, titanium, or heavy monofilament leaders when fishing for "toothy critters", such as pike and musky.

5. Setting hooks immediately (unless using circle hooks).

6. Horizontal holds that support the fishes weight as opposed to holding the fish vertically by the gills or mouth, particularly for larger fish.

7. Using live bait caught from same body of water that it will be used in. Alternately, bait purchased from a local baitshop. (Never dump minnows or minnow bucket water into the lake or stream, never transfer fish from one water to another.

8. Removing unnecessary treble hooks from hardbody lures, soft molded lures, or hybrid lures.

9. Painting/ sealing unpainted lead jigs with chip-resistant paint or clear sealer, such as nail polish or specific jig paints or epoxies.

10. Cleaning boats, waders, boots between different fishing locations to avoid the transfer of invasive species.


CathyA. Schuppli

AnimalWelfare Program, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences

University ofBritish Columbia

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#2 getin



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Posted 30 October 2011 - 07:49 PM

Thanks Blair for sharing this.

I wish MNR had a mandatory training program that everybody had to listen to before they are licenced. Say a 2 hour session with lots of videos (believe me, some angles cannot ready any English so the fishing guide is useless for them). This can be done easily, charge the anglers $20 or something for the first time they apply for licence, this pays for the instructor
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