Catch-and-Release Practices Inhibit Refuge—Seeking Behavior in Fish

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Catch and release is a common practice in the management and conservation of recreational fisheries. In theory, fish are caught and released with minimal harm, allowing them to survive, spawn, and be captured again. In reality, released fish may suffer from physical injuries as well as behavioral impairments, increasing their risk to predators. Fortunately, in the last decade, there has been an increase in research examining catch-and-release practices.
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This journal review originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of Fisheries magazine.