Betty works with recreational anglers in Florida who accidentally hook sharks and rays while fishing for dinner. She teaches them the best ways to release these animals without harming them.
I learned to love fish as a child at my home in Pennsylvania in the USA, where we had a fish pond. We realised from early on that if we released our fish, they would be more likely to thrive and reproduce. My business ventures brought me to Florida, working as the marketing manager for large boat companies, and it was here that I learned about saltwater fishing.
I launched my marine industry marketing firm MetroMedia Marketing, which specialises in the fishing sector, and subsequently partnered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to produce a series of ‘Ladies, Let’s...
To increase awareness of why and how to release sharks, rays and other fish, and provide educational materials for easy-release techniques.
Anglers need to be educated about conservation as well as why and how to release fish properly, especially sharks, rays and other species at risk. In this way, they can be enabled to serve as ambassadors for the conservation cause.
The aim of this project is to convert anglers’ inital opinion of sharks, rays and other species that should be released to one where they have a greater understanding of why they should be released properly and given the best chance of survival.
Project Leader Betty Bauman has spent more then 30 years networking in the marine and fishing industries to develop relationships with strategic partners who can extend this message to hundreds of thousands of anglers. Betty has always promoted conservation to people entering the fishing industry – a time when they are still learning and impressionable. To motivate these new users of ocean resources to understand and practice conservation, the curriculum features release techniques, marine stewardship, fish biology and conservation. This has helped to creare a market ripe for implementing conservation behaviours and projects. Her reach extends beyond the people she interacts with directly due to the allies she has engaged in the project.
Working together with anglers in Florida, Jill and Hannah are trying to understand what the impact of catch-and-release recreational fishing is on Endangered great hammerhead sharks in Florida. Their findings will help draft better practices for the future.
Manta and devil rays are caught as by-catch in the tuna purse-seine fishery. Using new genetic tools to find out which species are caught in the Eastern Pacific, Donald and Melissa are working with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission to turn the tide for these poorly understood and highly threatened rays.
With no real information about whether or how mobulid rays survive after being released from purse-seine fishing nets in the Eastern Pacific, Josh is training fishery observers to assess the impact of this fishery on these by-catch species and to create best-practice release guidelines to improve the survival rate of the rays.