Science of Angling

Anglers are happiest when they catch many fish, or large trophy fish, or both. Traditionally applied research in fisheries management has focused heavily on populations dynamics and understanding how food availability, habitat, growth rates and fishing mortality affect fishing quality.  At SFEL, we take a different approach, exploring how the act of fishing can alter the physiological,  behavioral and evolutionary characteristics of populations, and thus impacting vulnerability to angling. Essentially, the research questions we tackle boil down to the question, “What drives a fish to strike a lure?”