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Shark Fisheries

Learn about the shark fishery and regulations on shark fishing.



Shark Regulations

Sharks are protected by both state and federal regulations.

Shark Landings

This article provides information on the number of sharks caught (landings) by both recreational and commercial anglers.

Sharks and Fishing

Shark fishing in the United States is highly regulated to help conserve shark populations and maintain the health of our marine ecosystems.



FWC Facts:
Like a message in a bottle, “Please Release” on an external tag tells anglers that researchers are tracking a fish implanted with an acoustic tag.

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