Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Quebec & N.Y.state salmon rivers
Again, there are only generalizations of the impact of C&R and or C&K to a specific river.
And the laws & regulations set for the most part are set with the intent of what's best for a broad spectrum(natives, locals, jobs, commercial anglers, tax dollars, sport anglers....etc.) not what's best for the species. Trying to make everyone happy usually fails, and most of the time, its at the salmons ' expense.
Was fishing the Trinite river in quebec. Hooked and released a beautiful salmon.
Next day, my buddy hooked and released that same fish in the same pool.
University of Laval conducted a study on the effects of C&R on the Escoumins rivers. Ive fished that river for the past 14 years and spent many, many days there.Every fish caught was recorded by taking a sample of a fish's adipose and some were radio tagged.
Some fish were hooked and released SEVERAL TIMES.
It was determined that, if done properly, C&R has NO NEGATIVE IMPACT and survival was close to 100%
If we, as anglers, can admit to ourselves that our main goal is to hook these fish, then we can truly appreciate that having as many fish in the system while we are there fishing, will increase our odds in actually hooking one.
So C&R may or may not be effective in terms of egg production or sustainability of the run, but I know that I spent thousands of hours & dollars, tying flies, buying gear, booking outfitters and guides, taking time off work and family, to FISH FOR ATLANTIC SALMON!
One less salmon, is one less that I or my friends and family, or you could catch.
The main reason we care about salmon is because we fish for them. If we didn't, we would not know about their struggle to survive . We'd only know salmon as a stupid fish that swims the wrong way up a river that is only good to put in a can or on the bbq.
I choose to help my odds in hooking fish.