Spending so much time in the great outdoors naturally leads me to consider the state of our environment, and with my last few fishing trips proving less than fruitful I’ve been given more than enough to time to mull over the state of our planet and how we may be in dire need of rescuing sooner rather later.
If you’ve been paying just the slightest bit of attention to the news in the last few years then you should be aware of how our weather systems have been changing rapidly all over the world. Seasons are shifting constantly, winters are getting warmer and the world is slowly coming to the realisation that something must be done to save our planet – however is it too late?
The putrefaction of planet Earth is a process that has been documented in countless movies, video game and television series, but it feels like we’ve only just started to take these portentous visions as more than just fantasy. The ‘desert of the real‘ depicted in The Matrix is far and away the bleakest outcome for us, whereas the sun-drenched deserts of the Mad Max films are a mad-cap example of how crazed the human race could become should the basic amenities that we rely so much on begin to run dry.
Whilst it might be hard to imagine these apocalyptic visions coming to fruition in the near future, I’m still compelled to think about the future of the world that my children will inhabit and how much more difficult they might find their lives as a result of the decisions that their forefathers have made.
Whilst advances in technology have led to some great technological advancements in AC-DC power supplies and other such consumer electronics, it’s disheartening to see the lack of progress in the angling arena. With that being said, there are some methods of fishing that we can adopt in order to reduce our impact on the environment:
Fishing tackle comes in a huge variety of materials and types, so it’s worth taking a close look at any products before you buy them. Many conventional lead tackles are still used by ‘old-school’ anglers, however it’s been proven that repeated use of tackle such as these contribute to lead poisoning in waters which can lead to the death of animals.
It should come as no surprise that if all anglers kept their fish then there wouldn’t be many fish left. Local wildlife enforcement agencies and councils set limits in regards to the number of fish that anglers are allowed to keep, however if you’re really keen to minimise your impact on the environment then you shouldn’t keep any of the fish that you catch.
Whilst you might not get the luxury of a fridge or a toilet, taking a small dingy or canoe onto the water instead of a motor boat will help to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of your next fishing trip. On a personal note, I feel like you have a much greater affinity with nature by paddling your way to the centre of your lake, rather than taking a noisy boat anyway.
Staying environmentally conscious throughout your life is the best way to ensure that you’re doing the most you can for the planet. Don’t leave it too late for the rest of mankind…