According to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission press release, the FWC has proposed new rules to prohibit the harvest of tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier), great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), and smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena) sharks in Florida waters. According to the FWC, research indicates that these species have suffered population declines in recent decades, and the scalloped hammerhead is “overfished.”
The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the FWC has already “approved a ban” on the killing of these species. However, the FWC press release states that a final hearing on the proposed ban will not take place until November.
While the proposed ban would prohibit the killing of these four species, catch-and-release fishing of the sharks would still be permitted.