New Shark Reg­u­la­tions in New York

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The New York State Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) re­cently an­nounced changes to reg­u­la­tions af­fect­ing all highly mi­gra­tory species (HMS) per­mit hold­ers that fish recre­ation­ally, re­tain, pos­sess or land sharks.

HMS per­mit hold­ers are now re­quired to ob­tain a shark en­dorse­ment, which en­tails com­plet­ing a short on­line shark iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and fishing reg­u­la­tion quiz. In ad­di­tion, an­glers fishing in New York wa­ters must also ap­ply for and carry the no-fee Recre­ational Marine Registry.

An­glers should keep in mind that non-off­set, non­stain­less-steel cir­cle hooks are a must in New York State wa­ters (up to 3 miles off­shore) when fishing for sharks with baited hooks, and that NOAA Fish­eries also re­quires the use of non-off­set, non-stain­lesssteel cir­cle hooks for recre­ational shark fishing in fed­eral wa­ters (3 to 200 miles off­shore) when us­ing baited hooks south of 41° 43' lat­i­tude (near Chatham, Mas­sachusetts).

NYSDEC re­minds an­glers the recre­ational min­i­mum size for short­fin mako sharks in fed­eral wa­ters in­creased to 83 inches (fork length) in March, and urges them not to tar­get pro­hib­ited shark species such as sand­bar (brown), dusky and sand tiger sharks.

In­for­ma­tion about how to iden­tify pro­hib­ited shark species and what to do if you catch one can be found on the NYSDEC Shark Fishing Web page.

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