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Tournament mortality puts considerable number of fish at risk
30,000 fish/year at Amistad
Lowering tournament mortality helps maintain high quality fisheries
How prevalent is Barotrauma at Amistad? What percent of Amistad tournament anglers apply barotrauma treament to their fish? How much does barotrauma affect survival of tournament-released bass? Which of the treatment methods is best for increasing survival of affected fish? Does timing of treatment influence survival of affected fish? Does amount of experience in applying fizzing affect fish survival?
Develop scientifically-based best management practices for
treatment of tournament-retained black bass afflicted with barotrauma