Release fish that are carrying eggs or live young
Overall effectiveness category Awaiting assessment
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Fishing can impact marine fish through species removal or habitat damage from fishing gear contacting the seabed. Removing fish that are carrying/brooding eggs (females or males) or live young (such as many sharks) not only kills the adult but prevents successful spawning or rearing of the young and limits the overall reproductive potential of the population. Releasing fish with eggs or live young may help sustain fish populations and protect the hatching or rearing of young fish.