Rec Shark Fishing

Rec Shark Fishing

Project Objective:

To better understand the biological and social impacts of recreational shore-based shark fishing in Florida, we are working with volunteer anglers to discover catch rates, effort, survival and economic value of the fishery.

Why this project is important

Global shark populations are facing various threats throughout their ranges, including overfishing Most research focuses on the impacts of commercial fisheries and very little on the impacts of the recreational sector. Recreational shark fishing in the United States is open access, there is no limit to the number of people participating and catch-and-release fishing can target any species whether they are prohibited from harvesting.

Great hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna mokarran) are particularly vulnerable and data show they are more likely to die from fishing capture when comparted to other species. Great hammerheads are a popular target for shore-based anglers that practice catch-and-release fishing, however, it is unknown whether this species can survive the stress of capture and release.

This project is the first to determine rates of post-release mortality for shore-based angling of Great Hammerhead sharks.

How this project is conducted

Working with volunteer anglers, we record all the details of a typical fishing event and deploy short-term satellite tags that will tell us the behavior of Great Hammerhead sharks after they are released.

This project is funded in part by the Save Our Seas Foundation ™ and Microwave Telemetry, Inc. and the generous donations by the ASC community. This project is also supported by our kind volunteer anglers.