On Tuesday Jan 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM Fishin
You might add what I learned after being gently scolded last year for removing a tag from a fish before returning it. Get the numbers, but leave it on if you are going to return the fish. In my delirium brought on by the surprise of snagging a 60+ lb spoonbill while catfishing and the light headedness from landing the creature, I didn't think it through well. That's my story and I am sticking with it.
Sorry if I was harsh. Thanks for reporting the fish!
It's kind of a tough concept to convince people. It's basically a bird band that we use on fish. In a system where it is legal and possible to catch and release a banded fish (which you can't do with banded birds... as far as I know), having fish out there stripped of their "identities" causes issues with population estimation. Therefore, we'd just prefer that they be left on the fish unless you harvest it.
For some perspective, they are only worth $0.20 - 0.60 each and there are THOUSANDS of them out there. I'd be glad to give you an unused one as a souvenir if you release the fish with its band still attached.
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