OK, this isn't a great example of releasing salmon, but there's a serious message here. Despite efforts to preserve them, Atlantic salmon numbers are dangerously low, and recent governmental decisions to resume commercial netting are only going to exacerbate the problem. It is imperative that we, as anglers, do our part.

It may be difficult for non-fishermen to comprehend how anglers - people who willingly drag salmon out of their natural habitat for sport, could possibly care about that fish's wellbeing. But the fact is that anglers are by far the most vocal community when it comes to fish conservation and most of us genuinely want the best for the fish.

There are a number of ways in which anglers can help to preserve salmon stocks, starting with the way that each of us handles fish. First of all, we should all practice catch and release. Secondly, when practicing catch and release, we should make sure we know how to release a salmon correctly and carefully. This article provides step-by-step instructions on what do to, as well as an easy-to-follow video: drowningworms.com/how-to-release-a-salmon/

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