ASF urging anglers to voluntarily release all their salmon - Jul. 25, 2014
The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is urging anglers throughout eastern Canada to release all salmon they catch, whether large or small.
Both salmon and grilse (mature salmon less than 63 cm long) numbers are low in many rivers so far this season.
“We are well into the season when Atlantic salmon migrate back to their home rivers from far-away feeding grounds and indications are that, for the majority of rivers, these returns are down for both large salmon and grilse,” said ASF president Bill Taylor.
ASF strongly promotes live release, especially in rivers that are not meeting their conservation limits.
“It will pay anglers to exercise caution by carefully releasing all their salmon and grilse to ensure they spawn and contribute to sustainable runs in future years.
“Despite our hope that runs are just late, it is possible that the decreased numbers we are seeing now will not improve much during the remainder of the 2014 season.”
In New Brunswick, numbers appear to be down on both the Northwest and Southwest Miramichi River systems, when compared with last year, which was also a poor year. Meanwhile, on parts of the Restigouche, there are reports of grilse numbers being way down and large salmon being lower than last year.
``ASF greatly appreciates the tremendous leadership shown by anglers who are currently practicing live release angling and encouraging those around them to practice it as well,” said Taylor.
“Reduced harvest of salmon is one aspect of conservation that is within our control. When governments do not appear up to the challenge of stopping the kill, conservation-minded anglers can voluntarily accomplish this through releasing all their salmon.”
Tips for a successful live release (research shows that when utilizing proper techniques and with good conditions, survival is virtually 100 per cent):
If a net is used, use knotless cotton, plastic coated or rubber
Support the fish gently while facing upstream
Keep the fish in water at all times, even for pictures
Use barbless, single hooks
Don’t fish during warm water conditions
Break off fish that have been on the line too long
To view a video on performing a proper live release go to asf.ca/live-release.html