Researchers from NSW Department of Primary Industries have done some interesting work to look at the short term survival of freshwater catfish after catch and release. The study shows that, like most of our native species, catfish are quite resilient and are well suited to catch and release fishing. However there is a need for further work to look at survival when caught in high temperatures, or from deep water.
At first glance, such high release rates appear positive in terms of conserving stocks, but until very recently the required assumption of few negative impacts to released fish had not been scientifically tested.
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