Live-baiting ecological damage

Healthier Environment, Better Fishing
Authors: Environment Agency
Where: England

The Environment Agency in Britain highlights the ecological harm caused by the use of live bait:

  • introduction of disease
  • introduction of parasites
  • use of rare or protected animals

crayfish fish ecology cruelty "Releasing live-baits could introduce new diseases and parasites to your fishery."

"We strongly discourage using larval or adult lampreys (brook, river or sea) for bait as these species are becoming rare across Europe. Native crayfish are now also a rare and protected species and you should not use them as live-bait."
Fish Pain