The Science of Catch-and-Release Fishing

St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental SciencesHave you ever wondered if science can help you catch more fish?  Or wondered what you can do to increase the chance that a fish you release will survive?  Come to the Cornwall Public Library on Wednesday, October 27 at 7 pm to learn about the science (and art) of catch-and-release fishing.

Most of us think that catch and release fishing is an effective way to ensure fish survival and conserve fish populations. However, there are studies that indicate that recreational fishing can impact the fish population.  Fish that are caught and then returned to the water are assumed to survive, allowing them to be caught again in the future.  In reality, these fish can experience consequences from the way they are handled, the temperature of the water, and the type of fishing gear used.  In order for catch-and-release fishing to be successful, it must be practiced properly.

Dr. Steven Cooke is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Biology at Carleton University (Ottawa, ON).  His research is focused primarily on freshwater and marine fish. In his talk, Dr. Cooke will provide tips and guidelines to ensure that the fish you catch are more likely to survive upon release.

The Science and Nature Speaker Series is hosted by the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences and the Cornwall Public Library, and funded entirely by sponsorships and community donations. Please join us at the Cornwall Public Library on Wednesday, October 27, at 7 pm.

Admission is free, however, space is limited.  To reserve your spot, please call the River Institute at 613-936-6620.

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