The fact that fish feel pain is another of those inconvenient truths that many in our society would rather ignore. This is why Animals Australia is pleased that we achieved major changes to the national recreational fishing code.
Fishing — even catch and release — is far from enjoyable for the animals who, once caught, fight with everything they have to simply survive.
Scientific research has proven that the lips and mouths of fish are particularly sensitive, and fish show the physical and behavioural signs of pain and fear when hooked or netted. Little Nemo’s reaction to capture and separation from his family is not so far-fetched.