Fish at mercy of sharks after release by anglers

Authors: Cooke, Steven and Philipp, David
Journal: Biological Conservation, Volume 118, Issue 5, August 2004, Pages 599-607
sharks eat realeased fish

In the Bahamas, bonefish were tracked using ultrasonic transmitters and small visual floats. When anglers returned the fish back into waters with a high number of sharks, 39% of the traumatised fish were eaten within half an hour.

"Exhaustively angled fish exposed to air had problems maintaining equilibrium following release. These fish typically spent substantial periods of the first 30 min post-release remaining stationary."

Fish Pain