Were you aware that there are more than 500 different species of shark roaming the vast oceans of the world? Several of these species are being protected thanks to laws, which means anyone who catches one is required to release into the ocean. In the state of Florida, efforts are being made to protect these awe-inspiring animals with a recent law which went into effect back in July.
Shore anglers must receive a special permit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Part of this permit requires the angler(s) to become familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the shark by taking an online shark-fishing education course. The law serves as a way to protect the sharks while also focusing on safety for humans. Anglers are not allowed to bring the sharks close to the shore, and they must be released right away after catching.
While the FWC shark law is intended mostly for shore fishing, there are also restrictions in place for anyone who will be fishing from a bridge, pier, or jetties. Anglers under the age of sixteen are not required to have a permit, but they still must take the education course or have an adult with a shore-based license accompany them.
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