Friday, January 27th, 2023
Friday, January 27th, 2023

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Delaware reminds ocean anglers of new shark regulations

To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement
actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources,
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents and Delaware
State Park Rangers concluded an investigation into shark fishing
violations on July 24, when agents cited Kevin E. Schultze, age 26,
of Milton, for possession of a prohibited shark species at Cape
Henlopen State Park.

With fishing season in full swing, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement
and Delaware State Park Rangers remind anglers that amended shark
regulations became effective in June to conserve protected and
prohibited species of sharks. The new regulations were crafted,
with public input, in response to DNREC’s findings last summer that
increased fishing activities were being aimed at catching large
coastal sharks classified by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries
Commission as prohibited species, including sand tiger
sharks.

Studies have shown that sand tiger sharks suffer significant injury
and occasionally die as a result of being caught by hook and line
even when circle hooks are used. In some cases, these sharks have
been caught using large baits and hooks, dragged up on the beach
and handled inappropriately for an extended period before being
released, and mortalities have been reported.

“To help minimize injury to these protected and prohibited sharks,
and to reduce trauma from handling as well as possible targeting of
the species by anglers, the newly amended regulations make it
unlawful to remove sand tiger sharks from the water and require
their immediate release when they are caught,” said Sgt. Gregory
Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement.

“To help conserve and protect these sharks, State Park Rangers are
working with Fish and Wildlife Agents to enforce these regulations
at our ocean beach parks,” said Chief Wayne Kline of the Delaware
State Park Rangers.

The regulations list 19 species of prohibited sharks, including
sand tigers, which may not be in the possession of anglers. For
more information, visit www.fw.delaware.gov or call the Enforcement
Section at 302-739-9913 or the Fisheries Section at
302-739-9914.

Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating
violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section at
302-739-4580.

 

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