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Ethical Angling In Alabama
Stephen T. Szedlmayer
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Pages / Length: 8
Publication Date: 06/10/1992

While recreational fishing grows more and more popular, fish stocks are dwindling. Fishing pressure on certain fish species has reached the point where several species are clearly in trouble (for example, many species of sharks and billfish). A current problem is to convince recreational anglers that their fishing activity can affect fish populations. Most believe that commercial fishing is the cause of all stock depletions. A recreational angler asks, how can I possibly affect a particular saltwater species when I only go fishing 1 or 2 days a month, and commercial fleets fish daily? The recreational fishery has a cumulative effect with thousands of anglers pursuing the same species. One clear example where the recreational fishery may affect stocks is seen in the shark fishery.