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: Education Campaign

Nathan Smith
01-16-2001, 01:55 PM
So often I see people killing fish through bad handling or keeping shorts. I read articles about rude fishermen. I think the problem is education. New fishermen should be taught not just how to fish but how to love the sport and the resources they use. I believe in general people will do the right think if they know what the right thing is. With your help I would like to change this. I propose 3 things.

1. A section on this website about how to handle fish and why we should for new fisherman.

2. I have noticed that many shows on Saltwater flyfishing are not demonstrating good fish handling. They often keep fish out of the water too long to get lots of camra shots of it, are very ruff on the fish, and often will keep the fish. it is interesting that I see much less of this on shows on trout fishing. I think they convey a attitude of stripers being less important or invulnerable. The dangerous part of this is many fishermen look up to these tv guys or learn from them. They are missing a opportunity to teach. I seldom here them talk about conservation, which I think they should do everytime. Therefore what I would like to do is start an email campaign to all the major TV shows and their networks asking them to do more on conservation and to exibit better fish handling skills for Saltwater game fish. I will get together a list of addresses and post them in this chain. Also I think we should contact the other big sites (Reel-Time and Flyfishsaltwaters to inlist their help too.

3. Lastly I would like to draft a letter about the importance of good fish handling. Show them some of the numbers that I have seen, like if you keep a fish out of the water for X seconds it has X chance of survival. Put it on our web site and also see if the local guides will hand them out to there new students. Any thoughts. To make it more valuable it to through in some good info, like a definition of terms we have taked about, some location info, and/or some other info on local ff. I am thinking 3-5 pages at most. I will donate the first 100 copies. This is the hardest to do I know, I suggest we do the first two first.

Please let me know what you think.

Nathan Smith
01-16-2001, 01:57 PM
Please post any links to studies and articles about the above issues.

01-16-2001, 02:43 PM
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Catch & Release in Marine Recreational Fisheries

01-16-2001, 04:14 PM
If we get to that point I will donate another 100 copies.

Nathan Smith
01-16-2001, 04:38 PM
Some links to send email to.

Walker's Cay Chronicals on ESPN


ESPN2 with host a lot on Saturday mornings

World of Saltwater Fishing on ESPN2

Flyfishing Video Magizine: Owned by Primedia which owns fly fisherman Mag.