Florida Fisheries and Wildlife Commission Adopts New Rules to Protect Sharks

According to an article from the Miami Herald, the Florida Fisheries and Wildlife Commission adopted a new set of rules to protect shark species in Florida waters. The rules which take effect in mid-January include.

  • protection of sandbar, silky, and Caribbean sharpnose sharks in state waters from harvesting
  • Establishing a 54″ minimum fork length for all sharks caught, with the exception of Atlantic sharpnose, blacknose, bonnethead, finetooth, smooth dogfish and blacktip sharks
  • Prohibiting the removal of a shark’s head or caudal fin at sea
  • Allowing only hook-and-line gear for shark harvesting

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