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New rules for shore-based shark fishermen begin July 1

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 21:45:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Beginning Monday, shore-based anglers will no longer be able to use fish parts, bones and blood to attract sharks.

Earlier this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved several shore-based shark fishing changes that will go into effect July 1st.

Along with the restriction on chumming, the rules require the immediate release of any sharks on a state prohibited list.

Critics of shore-based shark fishing call the changes common sense, while some anglers are concerned that imposing further restrictions could eliminate the activity.

FWC spokesperson Amanda Nalley calls the new rules a compromise.

“There are a lot of people that have concerns about shark fishing, and a lot of people that participate in this historical fishery and want to see the fishery continue into the future," said Nalley.

Anyone who casts for sharks from land, bridges or jetties must also get a no-cost permit that includes taking an online educational program.

Chumming can continue if done from a boat or pier. FWC estimates the state has about 25 shark bites a year in Florida waters.