Fish Conservation

Fish conservation helps to keep the sport of fishing alive. It also helps to maintain the balance of certain ecosystems. Fish are important to the planet and fish conservation can help maintain nature's balance.

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How can fish bait spread disease?

If your idea of bait is a harmless little worm, think again. Some fish bait contains viruses that infect entire lakes and rivers, causing skeletal deformation and even death for the fish that eat it. What happens if you eat one of these fish?

Do fish feel pain?

When you accidentally step on a puppy's paw, it yelps. If you stub your toe, you yelp (or mutter a four-letter word), too. What about fish? Does it hurt when they get hooked? How can we tell?

Is sport fishing bad for the environment?

When you compare the environmental effects of sport fishing to the impact that commercial fishing has, recreational anglers don't make too much trouble for Mother Nature. But are there ways to lessen their stamp on marine environments? You betcha.

How can panfish populations benefit from anglers?

It sounds counterintuitive, but active anglers can actually help panfish thrive. By choosing crappie or bluegills over bass, fishermen stop the phenomenon of fish stunting before it starts.

What's depleting salmon populations?

If you can't decide between the salmon or the chicken, Mother Nature just might make the choice for you. Factors like overfishing, pollution and dams are causing salmon to disappear.

What are greenhorns on a crab vessel -- and why are they called that?

They're not green and they don't have horns. But crew members sometimes haze them into biting the head off a dead herring. Who are these novice fishermen?

How is a crab boat like a floating city?

Out on the frigid and treacherous sea, a crab boat is certainly nowhere near a grocery store or a hospital. What's aboard to keep this floating community operating?

Why was Alaskan fishing named the most dangerous job in the world?

Fishermen literally risk life and limb to haul in millions of tons of seafood that ends up on our dinner plates. Why would anyone risk death for snow crab?


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