COVID-19: An Opportunity To Stop Harmful Fishing

 

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Deliberations are storming on how and where the government must apply the action for their post-COVID-19 economic recovery plans. Are they going to support economic groups that are generally causing irreversible destruction to the environment and the world – like the fossil fuels sector? Or does their plan provide the opportunity to bring consumption and production patterns to a sufficient level to achieve sustainable development?

How we utilize and act on our ocean resources must be part and parcel of this deliberation. The options we have are whether to keep pouring public funding into practices that support large industrial fishing boats and operations that are placing the ocean in danger – or instead to incite action that would help us improve and rehabilitate marine life and biodiversity. The World Trade Organization has been dealing with this concern for several years now, and it is also etched in the Sustainable Development Goals sanctioned by the United Nations General Assembly. There is no other time for action, but NOW.

As devastating as the coronavirus pandemic is, there may be a comforting prospect. It may be able to provide the world a chance to nurture a viable ocean economy that places the people and the ocean first by ending the negative practice of harmful fishing – that is, subsidies that result in over-exploitation and overfishing.

The paired problems of ocean diversity exhaustion and COVID-19 require that governments across the world concentrate their funds on things that matter most, not to spend to afflict us by destroying the diverse ocean ecosystem and the livelihood of millions who are depending on it to thrive.

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The Pandemic – An Opportunity

Instead of being a hindrance to restricting harmful fishing subsidies, for instance, the COVID-19 outbreak must be seen as a chance to reach a viable deal with the World Trade Organization on ending or transmitting the present harmful fisheries, which are estimated to be about $22 billion yearly. Governments are continually providing funds to help low-income households, seniors, students, and small to medium-scale business owners. Perhaps a part of these funds should be allocated to minor ocean economic activities that have inspired people to care for nature, and vice versa, of course, instead of doing the opposite.

Financial support that aid in eliminating overfishing, illegal fishing, overcapacity, and other dangerous ocean economic activities as well as help in low-income carbon economic transition, is key to better people and ocean biodiversity.

Subsidies Are Obstructing Sustainable Development Goals

Financial aids that are inappropriately given to the large industrial fishing sectors undermine the SDG by worsening poverty, gender inequality, and hunger in seaside communities worldwide. Such deficiencies implemented on these communities that mostly depend on fish and other seafood for a living have pushed fishers to literally ‘catch the last fish’ no matter what, instilling negative behavior people to nature, and ultimately from nature to the people.

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Government subsidies must be focused on ocean monitoring as well as global climate change improvements and rehab projects that bring jobs to communities that have been tremendously affected by oil and gas development and overfishing. Native communities, on the other hand, have been placed at risk defending their rights and their environment as well. Countries must be encouraged to support programs that offer better economic opportunities to these front liners while they contribute to a workable ocean economy.

In many ways, fish and people are the same. A person who is mentally and physically well is in a much better position to overcome a coronavirus infection than someone who has preexisting illnesses. Overfishing is an existing situation that has been here for decades, and it needs to be eliminated by ending its financial support. This, in turn, will finally put a stop to illegal fishing and overcapacity, both of which have caused deoxygenation, ocean acidification, global warming, and marine pollution, among many others.

By achieving the goals set by the SDG, the government will have shown that despite the bashing and criticisms, the World Trade Organization plays a vital role in getting things done and repairing our planet to its fullest potential – despite and amidst COVID-19.

 

 

 

Steps To Take When Learning How To Fish

 

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The waters of Boston were so ready for the 2019 Fishing Event. Starting with a healthy breakfast, the participants, organizers, and sponsors had fun gathering together and casually talking about what’s new in the fishing arena. After a few hours, when more attendees arrived, the vessels were prepared for a full day of casting aboard professional fishing boats for the participants to try, of course, with a local captain for each boat. It was an inspiring event, especially for those who were planning to start or improve their fishing skills or to create a startup fishing business.

So what are the steps in learning how to fish?

Step 1. Go to the pharmacy and buy a pack of seasick meds. If there’s one thing that can destroy your first fishing day, it’s getting seasick. You’d be surprised at how easily a beginner on the water can feel ill. Bonine is one of the most common seasick medications that beginners usually take, and it has worked for almost each one of them.

Step 2. Learn more about fishing by reading books or searching for articles about it on the web. Perhaps there might be things that you have missed checking or looking into that you’ll surely learning from your reads. Check out some fishing blogs that will help you anticipate the challenges that you will encounter when you go out to the water to fish.

 

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Step 3. Time to choose a head boat or party boat to rent. These are types of boats that carry about 20 to 70 anglers. They also are equipped with everything – rod, bait, sinkers, reels, and hooks. The boat sellers will usually offer to help you fish and then carry the fish you’ve caught off the shoreline for you, so take their offer! It would be better to rent a boat initially as you are still a beginner, and investing in a new boat would be impractical.

Step 4. Once you’ve gotten used to operating a reel and rod, now you should find yourself a fishing pier. There’s usually at least one pay-to-fish pier for each coastal city that out into the sea, or perhaps into the river. You can buy your bait from there. By this time, you have already taken your seasick medication the night before you go fishing, but you still need to take one with you just to be safe. Once you’re off to sea, you might feel nervous as your navigating by yourself. If you are anxious about this, it will help to bring a friend along who knows fishing and can guide you along the way.

 

A Great Time To Go Fishing Is NOW!

 

Airman 1st Class James Beadling III, 14th Operations Support Squadron, goes fishing Oct. 5 at the RiverWalk in Downtown Columbus, Miss. There are many places to go fishing on and around Columbus Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman Daniel Lile)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has elicited worldwide anxiety. Ignited by daily videos of scenes happening in the streets of China, the American people have grown scared, leading to alcohol and face mask shortages, and an over-stressed healthcare system. The March Madness never occurred, and this could be the end of the world for them.

This forced leave from school and work also provides us all with a chance to learn or revisit some of America’s most favorite hobbies – and one of these hobbies is fishing.

Fishing and COVID-19

Fishing follows all the guidelines of social distancing, and isolation is one of its vast benefits. When you go out to fish, you try to avoid all the other anglers from stealing your spot. Can you imagine the sunrise on your face, alone in a bass habitat just a few meters from your home? It’s calming and relaxing, right? And you’ll not get infected with the Coronavirus or spread it to anyone else if you have it.

On the other hand, you don’t need to be completely alone. You can go fishing with a loved one who’s with you at home, or a friend who also happens to live near you. Invite your best buddy a week ahead. If you want to go somewhere a little far from your place to your favorite deserted lake in the city, you can do so. Grab some soda and a few sandwiches so you won’t starve while you fish. Doing a hobby together with someone you’re close to is mentally beneficial as well as physically energizing. Taking your kids fishing is also a great idea for a family picnic, but you better schedule it in a day when there are less traffic and fewer people outdoors.

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A clinical professor and former health commissioner in Philadelphia, Dr. James Buehler, states that you are unlikely to get infected if you stay outdoors because you don’t get too close to others. Indoors, on the other hand, put you at a higher risk of being contaminated with the virus.

Fishing Encourages Self-Sufficiency

While fishing is fun and relaxing, it also encourages one to be self-sufficient. At times, the local fish sellers are unable to keep up with the demand because others are hoarding too many supplies due to the pandemic. Going fishing can help you stock up your freezer for a day or two on a slow day. You can have dinner with your catch from your family picnic, and you’re eating healthy too.

Fishing for your food also improves the mindset of those who depend on the government for their basic provisions. Undoubtedly, the state, federal, and local governments must work together and provide a strong response to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you can’t wait for a month or two because you think you can finally consume what you’ve been stocking up for decades, you’re not doing your community right. Fishing, on the contrary, distinguishes you from other people’s obsessions about how the government has been doing amidst the outbreak. You feel a sense of usefulness to those who are unable to work and provide for their families, and this reminds us that we, too, can do something to help our own families and even our neighborhood.

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Learn To Fish

If you’ve never fished in your life, now is the right time. The first and easiest way to do that is to ask a family member or significant other who has had experience in fishing. If not, there’s a lot of videos you can watch online, and then you can buy some fishing gear from Amazon.

If, unfortunately, you have been infected with the virus, do stay home and rest. If you feel well, however, fishing is probably one of the best things you can do. Just don’t forget the social distancing guidelines provided to you by your community while you’re outdoors, enjoying and making memories despite these desperate times.

 

 

The Most Common Types Of Betta Fish

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The previous and upcoming Betta events were talked about in the Betta Fish Shows 2019. The venue was filled with colors of the various types of betta fish that were brought by the participants of the show. It was a sight to see and photographers were moving around and getting beautiful pictures to include in their portfolio. The grand champion in the 2016 All Best Betta Show also attended the event and presented the winner, a magnificent Marble Plakat. Photos from the Aquarama 2015  held in Singapore were also displayed. Finally, the grand champion of the 2019 Betta Passion Cup, a Platinum White Halfmoon Plakat, which won against almost 900 competitors.

To give you a background of the betta, here we have a list of the most common and top favorite types of betta fish.

Veil Tail. It is one of the most common, but its beauty is quite rare. The Veil Tail Betta fish has flowing, long dorsal and anal fins, giving it an appearance of swimming with a beautiful veil at its back.

Rose Tail. This type of betta fish has superfluous branches on its tail and fins. These branches look like rose petals, which is the reason why it is named the rose tail. If you look at it swimming, it seems like you’re looking at a floating petal.

Half Moon. This is a crowd and pet owner’s favorite. This type of betta fish is a smaller version of the Rose Tail, although its tail has the look of ruffles more than that of the petals. The tail is curved and appears like a half-moon.

Crown Tail. This type of betta has one of the most fierce appearances. It has very little webbing between the rays of its tail and fins and if you look closely, it looks like the crown tail is filled with spikes. It looks cool and punky.

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Delta Tail. It is called the Delta because of the shape of its tail, which is reminiscent of the Greek letter d. It looks magnificent when it swims, as it flares its fins and tail. The colorful flares look like fans as the delta glides in the water.

Comb Tail. An interesting type of betta fish, the comb tail, is not common in the wild and is only produced through selective breeding. It has spikes like the Crown Tail, although there is more webbing between its rays.

 

Advantages Of Fishing To The Body And The Mind

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Fishing is a sport that is both relaxing and exciting. People often overlook this sport as a great way to burn calories while enjoying the great outdoors. Most people are under the false impression that fishing is merely waiting for a fish to take the bait. However, there is more to fishing than that.

There are many kinds of fishing that will challenge you mentally and physically. You can kayak in the open ocean, searching for yellowfin tuna. Or you can wade in a mountain stream stalking salmon or trout. There is a kind of fishing for all types of people regardless of their interests and level of experience. Fishing will always keep your body and your mind fully engaged. Fishing allows you to relieve stress and stay healthy while enjoying the great outdoors.

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Advantages To The Body

Fishing is an excellent way for you to exercise. Whittney Thoman, Senior Exercise Physiologist says, “The more you are active, the more you decrease your risk for chronic diseases, including cancer.” This is a benefit that is not evident to many, mainly because when they think of fishing, they believe it only involves sitting and waiting for the fish to bite. But fishing includes other activities as well. Walking to a remote lake is a great way to exercise. Then there’s a half-day spent wading in a mountain stream and going against the current. You will also be frequently casting and reeling. And in certain types of terrain, you will be climbing boulders and hopping from rock to rock. Going to the gym can burn calories.

An hour spent on a treadmill can burn two hundred fifty calories. But many people do not enjoy going to the gym. Fishing is an enjoyable way to exercise. A half-day of fishing can burn between five hundred to one thousand five hundred calories, and you are enjoying yourself the whole time.

Fishing is not just good for burning calories. It is also suitable for exercising various muscles in your body. Walking and trying to keep your balance exercises the muscles of your legs and feet. It is also an excellent cardiovascular exercise. Casting and rowing exercise the muscles of your arms and hands.

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Advantages To The Mind

“Human reconnection with the natural world is of immense importance in living to our full potential. Research shows the inarguable effects of “humans on nature”, from increased attention and focus, communication and relationship skills, and faster recovery times from illness and disease, to the decreased use of medication.” Dr. Carlene Taylor, LMHC, LPC, CPCS, NCC said. Fishing allows you to reflect and to meditate. It forces you to slow down and to enjoy Mother Nature. Different people have different reasons for going fishing. Some go fishing to catch food for their families. Some go fishing for sport. Some go fishing to socialize and bond with family and friends. And some go fishing to immerse themselves in Mother Nature. Whatever their reason is, everybody who goes fishing finds it to be a calming and relaxing activity.

Because of the calm and relaxation that one obtains from fishing, many therapists and counselors recommend fishing as a therapeutic activity for people who lived through a traumatic experience, people suffering from a chronic illness and veterans.

“Physical wellness is affected by physical activity, healthy nutrition, and adequate sleep.” Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC said. However, fishing is challenging, and it requires your complete attention. Experts state that fishing forces an individual to forget any internal conflict he may be experiencing because fishing requires him to concentrate on the activity. Fishing requires creativity and critical thinking, and this helps the individual escape from anxiety, depression, and stress.

In a clinical study involving veterans of the Iraq War, some of the veterans were asked to go fishing for two days. Their cortisol levels were measured before the activity and after the activity. It was reported that for three weeks after fishing, their cortisol levels were lower. They had a better time sleeping. They experienced less anxiety and depression. And they were at lower risk of exhibiting symptoms of PTSD such as sadness, fear, hostility, and guilt.

Fishing: The Ideal Hobby

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Hobbies are activities that you enjoy doing during your leisure time. These activities boost your individuality. And they provide you with pleasure and happiness. The best aspect of hobbies is the fact that different people can select different hobbies that match their interests and personality. Most people consider fishing as an ideal hobby.

Fishing is often associated with happiness and good health by many wise people. Humanity has been fishing for millennia. A man used to catch for survival rather than as a hobby — many people around the world still fish for survival. However, many people also do fishing as an enjoyable pastime.

It gives the hobbyist a sense of serenity and calmness. The feeling of tranquillity and contentment that you get as you sit by the river with your fishing rod drives away even the most troubling of worries and problems. It will seem that you are transported to a distant land far from the troubles and concerns of the modern world.

Fishing offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of modern civilization. Below are eight reasons why fishing is an ideal hobby for the contemporary world.

Reason 1: Fishing Relieves Stress

People of all ages and backgrounds go fishing as a hobby. If asked why they go fishing, they will often respond that fishing makes them feel free and relieves them of their stress. Fishing provides you with that feeling of freedom. You see and experience an environment that is very different compared to your daily life when you go fishing at a pond or a stream. This new and refreshing environment is something you can truly enjoy and appreciate. Immersing yourself in Mother Nature drives away all the concerns of the modern world.

Reason 2: Fishing Provides An Opportunity To Socialize

A significant benefit of going fishing as a hobby is you can socialize and bond with your family and friends. People are often very busy these days, and it is difficult to find the time to spend with the ones you love. When you do find the time, you are often interrupted and distracted by the background noise and other tense situations. But if you spend time with your family and friends fishing at a quiet location, you can socialize and bond with one another in peace without any noise and distractions and be able to listen to each other honestly.

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Reason 3: Fishing Provides Benefits To Your Health

Most people do not get much exercise these days. Modern life is so automated and mechanized that most people spend their days sitting in front of their desks at the office or sitting in front of the television at home. Most of these people do not realize how bad this is for their health. A health problem that plagues modern society is obesity. More than half of the population is overweight. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that most people sit most of the day. Fishing encourages people to be more active. Fishing supports a healthy lifestyle.

Reason 4: Fishing Is A Good Recreational Activity

A bad day of fishing is much better compared to a day doing household chores. Many people find pleasure not in the amount of fish caught but in the very act of fishing itself.

Reason 5: Fishing Provides A Sense Of Achievement

Fishing provides you with a sense of achievement and self-fulfillment. This is a hobby where you learn a new set of skills, and you learn patience. Most of all, this is a hobby that has goals that you aim to achieve.

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Reason 6: Fishing Provides Food

Freshly caught fish is much healthier compared to the processed food that most people eat these days. Wild fish has less cholesterol, is more abundant in protein, and tastes better. This is why it is the preferred food for many people.

Reason 7: Fishing Is A Challenging Activity

Many people enjoy fishing because it is thrilling and challenging. They relish the thrill of waiting for the fish to take the bait. And they enjoy the challenge of reeling in the fish.

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Reason 8: Fishing Allows You To Respect Nature

Fishing is a way of paying tribute to Mother Nature. It allows you to show your gratitude for the beauty and bounty of the environment.

What Is Catch And Release Fishing?

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What Is Catch And Release Fishing?

Fishing is one of the non-taxing outdoor recreational activities. But, if all of us will fish together, there’s no doubt the fish population will plummet.

“If You Love Something, Set it Free!” They say.

Catch and release fishing is one way to keep and protect fish species, especially native ones. When it’s done correctly, catch and release methods can result in high survival rat es.

It is a method that helps maintain the fish population and ecosystem, but it requires practice and lots of practice. You should avoid fishing in shallow water flows, or when the water temperature is high, these conditions are stressful for the fish. Just sitting on the side and enjoy watching the fish and your surroundings will help you preserve the fishes and its populat ion.

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History of Catch and Release Fishing

The United Kingdom, they’ve been doing this method for more than a century already by fishers, who noticed the fish population plummeted severely, to preserve the fish. And at the beginning of the 20th century, they started the catch and release fishing methods. It is now being practiced in the world as part of protecting the species and its population. This is also due to the growth of human society.

Benefits Of Catch And Release Fishing

One of the apparent benefits is to preserve the fish population and give the fish a chance to get bigger. Properly performing catch and release methods can provide a minimal impact and low mortality rate of released fish in the water.

When the fish are given a chance to survive and reproduce, it preserves the balance of their natural habitat and ecosystem.

Allowing Populations To Regenerate

Catch and release fishing improves, not just native fish populations, but all species of fish, by allowing more of them to remain and reproduce in the ecosystem. If this practice is maintained, it will help in safeguarding the fish species until they reproduce more and get bigger.

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Preserving The Ecological Balance

When fish “make their babies,” the ecological balance is maintained. Environmental balance is also essential for it leads to the continued existence of the organisms, keeping them from being endangered and extinct.

Techniques Of Catch And Release

If a fish is hooked in the gut, you better cut the line rather extracting the hook itself, but the survival rate is still unacceptably low. According to documented studies, the rate of being hooked in the gut radically decreased by using circle and modified hooks.

Make sure you know how to catch and release properly; this is not an easy method. First and most of all, you must-have tools and a plan. Bring the fish to the boat as quickly as possible and don’t tackle the fish for too long, to avoid stress and exhaustion. It creates an extremely high of lactic acid, which is fatal.

Place the barb on the hook flatly so it can be quickly taken off while keeping the fish in the water and resuscitating it. If we master this technique, it means more fish can be preserved and reproduced, and more fish for everyone in the future!

Top 10 Health Benefits Of Fishing

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Fishing, to some sounds dull and boring pastime, an activity of trying to catch fish. But did you know you can get not only tasty fish but health as well?

Below are the top 10 health benefits of fishing.

Full-Body Strength

As you observed, fishing requires strength; this low-impact activity uses your shoulders, arms, and legs, to pull the fishing pole out off the water when it already caught fish. And of course, fishing is an outdoor activity. You will bask under the sun, for sure, which is an excellent source of Vitamin D! As Staci Lee Schnell, MS, CS, LMFT used to say, “Depression rates are higher among those with a Vitamin D deficiency.” That is because Vitamin D regulates calcium within your body, and keep your bones and teeth healthy. It can also help improve your immune system and promotes cell growth. It can also help reduce the risk of depression. It can boost your mood better!

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Family Bonding

Fishing is a leisure pastime to spend with your family as a relaxation thing during the weekends after a week of busy working. Spending long hours with nature by doing a focused fishing task can be counted as meditation. This activity didn’t require enormous walking or running; just 10-15 minutes of walking while looking for the right spot. Spending time with your family helps you to get closer while maintaining a harmonious relationship – fishing can do that for all of you. It also teaches children to concentrate and be patient.

Boosts Immune System

As stated previously, fishing is an outdoor activity, and it helps you bask in the sunlight which is rich in Vitamin D. It helps boost your immune system, this sunshine vitamin enables you to fight disease and decrease your chance of developing heart diseases, flu, and it allows you to reduce depression, and boost your weight loss. If you are on a diet, get your fishing equipment and soaked in the sun!

Promotes Relaxation

Spending time with your family, friends, or others, enjoying nature by yourself while waiting for the bite is a joie de vivre; this activity helps you relax and commune with nature. It gets you away from the bustle of everyday life, it exposes you to the beauties of the natural world, and most importantly, it gives you time alone with your thoughts. So if you are sick and tired of your demanding lifestyle, go out and go fishing!

Improves Cardiovascular Health

“For starters, exercise releases endorphins, the body’s “feel-good hormones,” that can calm the mind and relax the body.” Clinical psychologist Jenny C. Yip, PsyD said. Fishing is also a form of exercise, walking and carrying your fishing gear helps your heart and lung muscles to a workout without overworking it. In fishing, you will always be moving to find your spot. And when you do find it, you have to cast your line and reel it in. It is hard work! You will burn your belly fat quickly, and it’ll be great for your overall health.

Teaches Self-Reliance

In fishing, this activity will help you rely on yourself more, from catching the fish then cooking it into a delicious meal, it’s not everyone can do. Fishing gets you back to nature, and it is a form of survival skill, from looking for the best spot, assembling your fishing gear, to patiently waiting for the fish to catch the bait, and to your plate. 

Bestows Patience

“Patience is a virtue’ they say, and the same as fishing! And fishing can be frustrating for the person that lacks patience!

We can’t immediately catch a fish in one try, we need to move to another spot again and try. This activity tests our patience, but it gives us the best result, seeing you’re the fish that you caught in the platter pays off all your hard work!

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Encourages Travel

If you are tired of your local ponds, lakes, or seas, let’s go traveling!

It helps you expand your mind and made your life more fulfilling. There are lots of explored lakes and seas in the world, or even in your nearest place, don’t be afraid to travel around with your family and friends, it will give you more intimate feelings and get closer as a family and friends. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your rods and your backpack!

Enjoy The Great Outdoors

As said earlier, fishing is an outdoor activity that helps you connect with nature. It is a tremendous non-overtaxing outdoor activity that will be enjoyed by both kids and older people alike! Being active outdoors enables you to feel better and encourages a healthier way of life.

Improves Balance

Who said you could only fish while sitting? You must have skills like balance and coordination when fishing. When on a boat, you must stand carefully or else, you might fall into the lake or river. Practicing this stance can improve your balance and flexibility over time and allow you to bend in all sorts of new directions.

Fishing Improves Mental Health – Psychologist Says It’s True

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There are lots of ideas on how one can improve his mental health. One of which is fishing and that it has positive effects, too. This article will then discuss the good things that you can get from fishing and how it can be of help to your mental health. Even a psychologist says it’s true.

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Looking For A Therapist To Help You Overcome Boating Maintenance Issues? Keep Marine Oil At Bay Instead

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Having issues with your boat may be enough for fishers to need to see a therapist so that they can handle the stress it comes with. That is especially true for individuals whose primary source of income is fishing. With their boats requiring significant repairs and thousands of dollars in the process, some of them may give up on this livelihood and opt for another job that has such a delicate engine.

The question is, have you created a lot of memories with your family and friends on the boat that you are complaining about? How about the fish that you have caught, are they as big as what you have gotten in the previous one?

While owning a boat can cause you to deal with hardships at times, it also brings so much fun and fulfillment to a person. The most unfortunate time that we know of for boat owners is the winter season since you will have to park your water vehicle in a corner and wait it passes and the fish comes back.

The cold spell is understandably harsh not only for the humans and animals but also for the engine of the boat. That’s why you need to keep marine oil in your garage at all times. Check out the four advantages that it poses.

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What Is Marine Oil?

Marine oil, in a nutshell, is a lubricant that is specially formulated for boat engines. For outboard motors, there are two types that you can choose from: the two-stroke and four-stroke engine oils. Their difference is that the latter gets pumped on its own in the vehicle, while the former mixes and burns with fuel.

Why Can’t I Use Regular Oil For My Boat?

Auto and marine oils are different substances that you can never interchange. The reason is that the lubricants made for cars cannot protect your boat’s engine from water as well as the oil meant for it. If you insist on doing that, the engine will most likely become destroyed.

What Are The Benefits Of Keeping Marine Oil At Bay?

1. Useful In Emergency Situations

In case you live in an area where boating and fishing are the top activities, there is a high probability that you will not be the only boat owner who will want to prepare for the winter. When the season comes, therefore, the hardware store may not have enough supply of marine oil to satisfy the consumers’ demands. If they can, then the delivery may take longer due to slippery roads and whatnot. Though these are mere scenarios in our head now, they are not far from happening, so you have to make sure that you have at least a spare container of marine oil at home.

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2. Maintain The Motor’s Vigor

Like a senior’s citizen’s joint, the boat’s motor can also creak if it has not been in use for a long time. Thus, to ascertain that it will still run smoothly on the lake when the cold season is over, you are required to continually fill it with marine oil that can lubricate the engine. It will help if you find a product that does not mix with water so that ice won’t stick to it.

3. Protect It From Rust

The engine should have oil within – not water – because the metal can react to the latter and form rust. During the winter season, it is possible that if you leave the boat in the open and the original oil there dries up; the ice will take its place. When the latter melts, it will turn to water again, remain stagnant in the engine, and destroy it in the process. To avoid this, you need to sustain the amount of marine oil in the engine.

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4. Store The Boat Safely

Assuming that you would rather haul your boat in a shed than allow it to stay uncovered on the water, you will have to keep a gallon of marine oil on the side. It is because cold air can enter the gaps in the garage, and the oil in the engine may evaporate after a while. Having the oil in check can make things more controllable for you.

Final Thought

If you are always looking forward to those days when you can get on the boat and leave the land for a moment on it, you should think of ways to shield the water vehicle from the harm that harsh weathers may bring. Other than examining the parts of it regularly, or testing the motor to find out if it makes problematic sounds, possessing a bottle of marine oil during this period will make you less worried about your boat.