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Shark fishing regulations change
Topic Started: Apr 30 2018, 09:22 AM (4 Views)
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Shark fishing regulations change
by Ken Neil III at the Daily Press | April 19, 2018

Posted ImageShark fishing is highly regulated and has become even more so over the years with restrictions on which species can be kept.

Sharks are caught in both federal and state waters, and both federal and state regulations apply.

In federal waters, boats fishing for sharks must have a highly migratory species permit and, new for this year, a shark endorsement. You can get this endorsement by watching a shark identification video and passing a test. This can be done online at the HMS permit site.

Non-offset circle hooks must be used while fishing for sharks from an HMS-permitted vessel.

Another change concerns mako sharks. Anglers are being encouraged to release all mako sharks, but if you want to keep one, it will need to be larger than in the past. An emergency regulation has been put in place, increasing the minimum size to an 83-inch fork length.

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