Sustainable fishing

Back in the day we didn’t talk about sustainability and renewability mostly because we had different words for it.  Stewardship for instance.  Nowadays some folks seem to have a hard time with stewardship, so I thought I’d put it in nowadays terminology.

Stewardship means taking care of something for someone till they come back. In the context of environment, stewardship refers to our borrowing resources from the next generation – so we’re talking about taking care of the environment until we can return it to its owners (our kids).

Sustainability and renewability are almost the same thing.  They mean not using up or screwing up resources faster than they  can naturally replace (or renew) themselves.


Coleman Stokes recently gave us a great concrete example in an article in the New Hampshire Valley News – Fishing.

When fishing (and actually catching something) you have a few choices –

  • Catch it and eat it
  • Catch it and have it mounted
  • Catch and release

The information in the article is largely applicable to Mississippi and Louisiana and wherever else you do your fishing.

Stokes gives some hints for the right way to catch-and-release to minimize stress on the fish and maximize its chance of surviving its release.

Use barbless hooks… Don’t overplay a fish…Don’t use a net…

But the most interesting part to me was this bit…

If you are inclined to keep a big one for the table, bear in mind that N.H. Fish and Game recommends that you do not eat more than one meal a month containing fish caught in local waters. 

That is interesting because of the inherent conflict with the Eat Local people.



Categories: Conservation, Fishing, Food, Nature