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Sustainable sport fishing in the Sjuhärad region

Fishing policy for Marketplace 7-härad
and Sassis Resor 7-Härad.
Policy for managers

• The fish population in the lakes most affected by fishing tourism is examined with
even intervals to assure that fishing does not have any significant negative
consequences for the population.
• Nature conservation and fishing management is operated in such way that
preservation or restoration of natural environment is actively aimed for.
• No release of exogenous species in natural waters.
• If put & take fishing is to be managed these facilities should be separated from natural
waters so that the risk of contamination of natural waters is non-existent.
• Spawning grounds for trout and pike are banned from fishing during and directly after
the spawning season. • Fishing guides carry suitable equipment for gentle release of fish.
For example: keepnet to weigh fish, knotless landing net and un-hooking devices.
• The manager makes sure that the current rules and restrictions are at all times
available to the angler at suitable places.

Policy for anglers

• Angling within the area is operated in such way that the negative effects on the
environment are minimized and natural values are preserved.
• Catch & release is operated on fish below the minimum measure, above the maximum
measure and to all the fish exceeding the allowable daily quota.
• All the fish that are released are treated with care according to
“Treatment of fish to be released” below.
• Fish with severe injuries outside allowable daily quota must be killed and released.
• Dead fish which are taken outside allowable measures or over the daily quota is not
allowed to make use of and must be released.
• All the catch regardless of size, as well as released fish, should be reported. Even
fishing spells without catches should be reported.
• The use of live baitfish is not allowed.
• In the use of dead baitfish, only fish from the same lake which the fishing is operated
in is allowed to be used. This to avoid the spread of diseases, parasites and species to
new habitats.
• Fishing aimed for species on the red list is not allowed. Current information of which
these species are should be available where sale of fishing cards occur. If a red listed
species still gets catched it must be as carefully as possible released without delay.
• No fishing is allowed in areas banned from fishing.
• The angler always makes sure to find out which rules and restrictions apply to the
area he/she visits.

Treatment of fish that shall be returned

- Fishing is allowed only with barbless hooks
- Avoid unnecessary stress for the fish
- Try to keep the fish in the water while handling it
- Do not handle the fish with dry hands
- Do not touch the fish’s gills with the hands
- If you should weigh the fish, use a weighing net
- If you should photograph the fish, keep it horizontally and close to the water surface
- Never handle the fish hanging vertically
- Gaffing is not allowed
- When using a landing net, it should be a sufficiently big and knotless net
- Never put the fish directly on the ground, try to use an unhooking pad if possible
- When released, hold the fish in the water until it shows clear signs of activity, try to
   gently draw the fish backwards and forwards to oxygenate the gills

Proposal of restrictions for the most important species

Species Min measure Max measure Closed
Daily quota
Perch - 40 cm - -
Pike 40 cm 90 cm Spawning areas
during spawning
Trout 40-45 cm Depends on the
size of the
Spawning areas 1-2/ pers if viable
otherwise C&R
Pike-perch 50 cm Depends on the
size of the
- 1-2/ pers

Maximum 3-5 fishes per individual and day for species not mentioned except for rainbow trout,
signal crayfish and the bait-species roach, minnow, smelt and bleak.

Read the whole report about "Sustainable sport fishing in the Sjuhärad region"
(In Swedish, policy in English).

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