Kevin S Posted April 18, 2008 Report Share Posted April 18, 2008 A recent study by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography details great harm to fish populations and genetics by the harvesting of large, mature fish. See article at http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080416/sc_nm/...Kw761BdBBAhANEA The DNR sets many of its fishing regulations toward keeping large, mature and genetically successful fish. There are numerous examples of this, most notably LaSalle Lakes regulation for Largemouth or Smallmouth bass of an 18 inch minimum length limit, Lake Bloomington's 15 inch minimum length limit, Lake Michigan's 21 inch minimum length limit, Powerton lakes 18 inch minimum length limit etc. Most regulations protect young, small, immature fish. The fish that don't reproduce or may not have the successful genetic potential of the large, mature fish. The Alliance has a club position on catch and release but in light of this study do we press the DNR, Forest Preserve Districts, and Park Districts to set regulations against the harvesting of mature, successful fish and shift the harvesting of fish to small immature fish? Not everyone is an Alliance member who follows a catch and release ethic. Should the Alliance consider this an important conservation step to protect against the ecological-evolutionary consequences of the harvest of mature, genetically successful fish? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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