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Descending Devices - freefish7 - 10-01-2017

A fish that floats away will slowly die. Venting tools give the fish a chance but often damage vital organs. Descending devices quickly send fish past predators to a depth where expanded gases recompress so the fish can swim and survive. This is a simple solution that greatly increases survival rates of illegal fish suffering from severe barotrauma. Our goal should be to make regulatory discards rare by properly managing quotas with appropriate possession limits and/or bycatch allowances while encouraging fishermen to release fish so they have the best chance of survival.