State DEC introduces new shark handling regulations for marine anglers

The new rules aim to prevent protected shark species from being captured and to reduce stress and injury to those that are captured.

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2024, 11:45 AM

Updated 25 days ago

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced changes to shark handling requirements for marine recreational anglers.
The new rules aim to prevent protected shark species from being captured and to reduce stress and injury to those that are captured. They include:
  • Immediately releasing all prohibited shark species once caught
  • Not harvesting a shark in the water with its gills submerged
  • Having wire or bolt cutters immediately available
  • Taking every precaution to ensure a released shark will be able to survive.
The DEC also released new gear restrictions, with a complete list available on its website.


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