agree 100% on this one boys.I would also question the statement that fish left to natural selection have less chance than fish caught for the aquarium trade...Although, the most dangerous enemy to fish are humans, one way or another, through pollution, destroyed habitats, consumption, etc..So in certain cases there is some merit at saying they'll survive longer in the aquarium trade.
i think this is a life lesson type thing, which is a good topic to discuss in all honesty.I broke some fish's jaw trying to take the hook out
I remember when i was younger, i had JUST started fishing, and was always nervous to catch something because... then what?
Anyway i caught a little blue gill one day and the hook WOULD NOT come out, so i eventually got it but it tore the fish's left cheek open a bit (i was like 12-3 at the time) and i felt really bad. This eventually encouraged me to practice more, and ask people on how to properly remove a hook, i ended up learning several different Non fail methods of removing hooks (including treble hooks which i use frequently but use a wax to dull the back ones of each lure) that i used in the future to fish. This was all before i was in the hobby, so assuming i decided when i originally hooked that first fish, to just not improve myself, then i wouldn't be here today able to support the wildlife thats around now.
Whenever i see pictures of people holding a bass (example) and only holding its lower jaw, i basically want to slap them, because that can easily break there jaw (without you knowing) and you just release them to die. Unfortunately people really dont learn from this without people telling them to support the fish's back end, which in all honestly should be common sense.
Edit: now that i re-read this it sounds like the butterfly effect haha