July 20, 2018

SUFB 510: Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission Request Proposals To Limit Land-Based Shark Fisheries

SUFB 510: Florida Fish And Wildlife Commission Request Proposals To Limit Land-Based Shark Fisheries

The Florida Fisheries and Wildlife Commission decided in April to consider limiting Land-based shark fisheries occurring along its coasts in order to protect swimmers and sharks alike. The initiation of this policy change came to be because of the...


The Florida Fisheries and Wildlife Commission decided in April to consider limiting Land-based shark fisheries occurring along its coasts in order to protect swimmers and sharks alike.

The initiation of this policy change came to be because of the number of pictures and videos posted on social media with people posing with sharks that they reeled in out of the water, where the sharks can't breathe, dragged them across rough terrain such as sand and/or concrete and posed for pictures with their catch in painful positions for the shark. 

Many of the pictures had hammerhead sharks in them, which are a protected species in Florida State waters due to the species' sensitivity to being caught with a hook and line. 

Dr. David Shiffman, a friend of the podcast, was on this podcast recently to discuss the policy changes and how there was a need for change in the policies and enforcement. He is happier now that the Commission is considering possible restrictions.

Take a listen to the podcast for the possible restrictions being considered.

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