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New Video: Handling and Release of Prohibited Atlantic Sharks

Posted June 21, 2017

NOAA Fisheries has released a new video to help anglers identify dusky and other prohibited shark species. Focused on safe handling and release of sharks and current fishing regulations, the video accompanies a suite of educational materials. We have updated our Recreational Shark Identification and Regulations Placard, added a new Prohibited Shark Identification Placard, and updated our handling and release brochure. All of these materials are available for download.

New Regulations

Beginning January 1, 2018, recreational fishermen, including charter/headboat fishermen that fish for, retain, posses, or land sharks in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean must have a valid “shark endorsement” added to their HMS permit. Atlantic tunas General category and Swordfish General Commercial permit holders must also have a shark endorsement for registered tournaments. The video is required viewing for permit holders requesting the shark endorsement, and will be followed by a brief, educational quiz.

We Need You

Help us ensure the recovery of dusky and long-term sustainability of all Atlantic sharks. Please share this video and related materials to spread the word and educate fellow recreational fishermen. For further information, contact Cliff Hutt ( or Karyl Brewster-Geisz ( or visit our website

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