Knowledgebase > Recreational Fishing

Recreational Fishing

Last updated 14 October 2017

Endorsed methods of killing

  • Sharp blow to the head followed by bleeding out, or pithing i.e. spiking of the brain (also called 'iki jime') are the two preferred killing methods endorsed by Australia's National Code of Practice for Recreational and Sport Fishing. These are endorsed as humane methods of killing fish, and said to improve flesh life and 'eating quality' (ikijime.com).  
  • Technique outlined; for sharp blows, fishers are encouraged to use tools like a wooden club. For spiking the brain, fishers are encouraged to; 'Quickly and firmly insert the spiking tool into the areas indicated, and wiggle the tool around to destroy the brain. When performed correctly, the fish will be killed immediately and its body will go limp.' (Australian Animal Welfare Strategy - Humane Killing of Fish; Freshwater flyer)
  • Decapitation and breaking the neck of fish outlined as being quick method of death for some species, but not other species (Australian Animal Welfare Strategy - Humane Killing of Fish; Estuary flyer)

 

This section to be completed. Please come back later

Photos (0) Upload

No photos found for this topic. Add some now?

Videos (0) Upload

No videos found for this topic. Add some now?

Documents (0) Upload

No documents found for this topic. Add some now?

Campaign Materials (0) Upload

No campaign materials found for this topic. Add some now?