Florida Seeks To Restrict Land Based Shark Fishing

Sharks are often considered by many fisherman the ultimate catch due to their natural behavior, the strength and power they can possess and the fact that well, they are a shark. 

Because of this, sharks are being fished at a much to high of rate and Florida is starting to doing something about it. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed on Wednesday to place a number of shark-fishing changes on its February agenda which includes restricting chumming to attract sharks and a requirement that for people who are casting for sharks from land annually get a no-cost permit that requires an online education program. 

The commission’s director of marine fisheries management said the changes are an attempt to balance the interests of anglers and other people who use state waters, while also helping the agency learn how many people engage in land-based shark fishing. 

Supporters of the proposed changes have argued that they want to see substantial changes to areas that are known for beachgoers as chumming the waters can create a direct conflict. 

While there has been arguments that the restrictions will further limit how people will fish, particularly blue-collar fishermen whom rarely own boats,  the protection of beachgoers and the educational section should vastly outweigh the negatives.

Shark populations worldwide have seen a drastic decrease due to a variety of reasons including overfishing, bycatch, shark finning and climate change. In Florida, a recent study had found that shark numbers in South Florida were down a significant amount and there should be a need for concern. 

The importance of sharks cannot be overstated due to them being a keystone species. Sharks are at the top of the food chain in virtually every part of the planets oceans. In that role, they keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their eco-system.

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