Catch and release

A few thoughts about killing fish - or letting them live...

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Martin Joergensen

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I spend some time - almost an hour, actually, sorry about that - talking about killing fish, releasing fish, fishing ethics, spawning fish, endangered fish, escaped hatchery fish and many other aspects of fishing to eat and fishing to release.

Images for this day's podcast
A dead fish - The family and I ate this one. A delicacy!
A dead fish
Icelandic salmon - Some salmon rivers on Iceland are so full of fish that it\'s almost impossible to harm the population by killing what you catch, but a sight like this still doesn\'t make me feel quite right.
Icelandic salmon
To be released - This sea trout caught on the day of the recording went back right after this picture was taken.
To be released
One on the way back - A cruel act? Hooking, fighting and the releasing?
One on the way back
Ready to spawn - Such a fish should always be released in my opinion.
Ready to spawn
Colored male - In the autumn many fish are colored - typically brown or gray - as a sign of their preparation for the spawning run. Such fish are immediately released.
Colored male

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Published November 10th 2007
Duration 56 minutes and 59 seconds
File size 52.2 Mb

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User comments
From: Manuel Greenland · manuelbgd·at·  Link
Submitted December 31st 2009

I think people should compare the value of a fish alive relative to a fish dead. Policy makers should consider the value added by a sport fisherman relative to people fishing for food. A fish killed for food feeds one person for one meal. A fish pursued by sport fisherman supports all the industries behind the moment of contact (rods, reels, lines, flies, boxes, gear, waders, travel, park fees etc); it is clear that a fish alive, being pursued by sport fishermen, feeds a whole lot more people than a fish dead on a plate.

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted November 21st 2007


I'm glad you like the podcasts. They are fun doing and give quite a lot of feedback. I have acquired a couple of small microphones from Giant Squid (sic!), which were reasonably priced and looked great. The sound is fine even though I'm still struggling with the wind noise - but it's better. I recorded a new episode this weekend, and as soon as I'm done mixing it, you can hear a sample of the quality.

I'm not quite done experimenting yet, but I'm getting there...


From: Dave · hwy20coc·at·  Link
Submitted November 21st 2007

Another great podcast, Martin. I so much appreciate receiving and listening to them. The last one with you recording in bed was a special touch. :-) Though I've never fished for Sea Trout - or in the ocean for that matter - I look forward to each podcast and listen as soon as I have opportunity.

I've been following your new recorder with interest. Have you decided on an external mic for it yet? I bought an external mono mic for my Edirol but it doesn't sound nearly as good as the built in dual stereo speakers. I'd like to get one that I can use on the outside of my clothing with the recorder inside out of the rain.

Sweet Home, Oregon, USA

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