Many reef-dwelling marine fish have a swim bladder that regulates buoyancy and allows them live to at different depths in the water. When one of these fish is brought to the surface at a high rate of speed, their swim bladder expands at a rapid rate putting substantial pressure on their internal organs causing eversion of stomach and distended intestines. This pressure, if not relieved quickly, prevents the fish from returning to the depths from which it came. Fish that are not properly vented remain on the surface of the water and either die due to the pressure on their organs, or are eaten by predatory fish and dolphins.Best practices in fish venting call for venting the fish as quickly as possible while handling the fish minimally.
STEP 1: Hold the fish gently but firmly on its side. Place your VENTAFISH™ tool with the 45 degree front end approximately 1-2 inches from the base of the pectoral fin.
STEP 2: After removing the saftey cap, slowly depress the plunger. The needle will penetrate the fish as you depress the plunger. Your VENTAFISH™ is designed so that it will not lock into place. Only depress the plunger enough to release the gases. The sound of the escaping air and deflation will be noticeable.
STEP 3: Return the vented fish to the water as soon as possible. If the fish is slow to respond, try reviving it by holding it with its head pointed downward while moving it back and forth to restore the circulation of water over the gills. Continue until the fish is able to swim unassisted.
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