Stop Trophy Shark Fishing In Florida!

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking public input on rules and regulations regarding land-based shark fishing.

This controversial hobby amongst recreational “sport” fishermen has drummed up attention after numerous reports of illegal activity, wanton waste, and public safety concerns. Globally shark populations are under extreme pressure; due in part to overfishing. Although, land-based shark fishers practice catch and release the stress often proves too much for the shark. Sharks that swim away may suffer later from post-release mortality which can occur several hours or days later.

There has been no research conducted on the environmental impacts of land-based shark fishing, the effects LBSF has on shark populations, or the potential risks involved with beachgoers in the same vicinity as land-based shark fishers.

We need to let the FWC know that we want more rules, regulations, and enforcement when it comes to protecting our beaches and wildlife from the thrills of land-based shark fishers.

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