“Proper handling techniques ensure the best chance of survival. This includes returning the fish to the water as quickly as possible.”
Although the FWC was referring to snook in this instance, the statement signals the commission understands that “returning the fish to the water as quickly as possible” and “best chance of survival” doesn’t mean gaffing a snook, towing a snook to the beach, tossing a snook into a sling, weighing it, posing it for photos, dragging it to deep water and running it over with your outboard.
In other words, the PTTS definition of “proper handling techniques.”
The FWC might, just might, have a problem explaining how all this is bad for snook, but good for tarpon.