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FECOP Tips – How to Handle Sailfish and Marlin

How to Responsibly Handle  Sailfish and Marlin in Costa Rica

(Based on sailfish and marlin scientific research)
  • Do not remove the sailfish or marlin from the water, even for a picture. (Removal from water reduces survival rates by 60‐80% and it is illegal in Costa Rica)
  • Use Use circle hooks (It’s the law in Costa Rica). The fish is usually hooked in the jaw or corner of the mouth, making it easier to remove the hook and less harmful tothe fish.
  • Revive the fish by keeping it in the water, place boat in gear and have oxygenated water pass over the gills.

For more information visit www.fishcostarica.org

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