Measure and Release Fish Correctly Lots of folks approach measuring fish with a relaxed approach and risk hefty fines, particularly if the fish is borderline size. The difference of 1cm can have you in trouble, and is just not worth the risk of a fine.Sustainable fishing means that fish are harvested at a sustainable pace, so the fish population doesn’t decline over time because of poor fishing practices. Imagine a world that’s over-harvested along with the corresponding devastation to the eco-system and to our future generations. It is the duty of each and every one of us to do our bit to protect the planet.Size limits are usually based on biological research into the reproductive cycle of each species. Minimum size limits generally allow fish to spawn at least once and add to the population before they are taken.The biggest mistake when measuring the amount of your catch is where people don’t use a flat surface to gauge the fish on. Ensure that in the event you use a mat, that it is not crumpled causing you to potentially overestimate the size of the fish. Using a solid measuring implement is the best method.As fish tend to contract if put on ice, err on the side of caution and allow an extra inch in the initial measure.Close to the jaw of the fish to ensure an accurate reading. The total measurement of a fish, while it is fork tailed or around tailed, is taken from the exterior of the snout on the upper jaw, to the extreme tip of the tail.Your State Fisheries site will likely have an outline on how best to measure a range of sea life e.g. crabs and squid as well as fish, so it might be worthwhile printing out a copy and keeping it in your tackle box for reference.To help out with survival of your catch, avoid holding the belly area as you will most likely damage internal organs, which reduces chances of survival dramatically.Never touch the fish’s gills as they are easily damaged.Use a pair of long-nosed pliers, or a purpose made hook-release to rapidly and efficiently remove the hook. If the fish has hooked deeply, cut the line as close to the hook as possible and leave the hook in the fish as it will likely do more damage trying to remove a deep hook than to leave it where it is.A fish has no lungs so the moment it comes from the water it stops’breathing’.Research indicates that after landing a fish, keeping it out of the water for 30 seconds reduces the odds of survival by 30%, and 60 seconds out of the water reduces its survival by 70%.Lastly, try to place the fish gently back into the water, as throwing it is also likely to greatly reduce the fish’s chances of survival.Happy fishing!