Fish Barotrauma

Recompression Devices: Helping Anglers Fish Smarter

Have you heard of barotrauma? It's a condition experienced by some deep water fish that are brought quickly to the surface. Fish experiencing barotrauma often sustain serious injuries, and upon release, are unable to swim or dive back to depth. Therefore, the survival rates of caught and released deep sea fish are low. Learn how NOAA Fisheries and partners in the recreational fishing community are working together to address this problem through the development of catch and release recompression devices.