FWC Land-Based Shark Fishing Workshop/ Public Input @ , Jacksonville [21 August]

FWC Land-Based Shark Fishing Workshop/ Public Input

18:00 - 21:00

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Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, J. Henry Gooding Building – Swisher Auditorium, 2800 Universi
The FWC is holding public workshops throughout Florida on land-based shark fishing (LBSF) rules and regulation changes.

If you cannot attend an in-person workshop, you may submit your comments online at the link provided below: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/rulemaking/workshops/

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), is in charge of regulating and prohibiting land-based shark fishing activities. The unsanctioned practices carried out by land-based shark fishers and the potential danger for beach-goers has been brought to the FWC's attention.

As a result, the FWC is holding public meetings to gather input from stakeholders (the public) regarding the future management of LBSF.

Land-Based Shark Fishing (LBSF), began in Florida during the 1970’s. At the time of its inception, there were not many rules and regulations in place. There were no studies conducted on the impact or mortality rate LBSF had on shark populations, marine ecosystems, or public safety.

The popularity of LBSF is increasing and with that comes a growing need for stricter rules/regulations, enforcement, safety precautions, and research studies.

— Researchers believe LBSF may pose a growing threat to shark populations.

— Nearly a quarter of all sharks are considered to be threatened with extinction.

— In 2015 more large sharks were killed in the U.S. by recreational fishermen than by commercial fishermen (State of U.S. Fisheries Report).

— LBSF targets explicitly prohibited species of sharks such as the hammerheads, tigers, and lemon sharks.

— Prohibited species of sharks, such as great hammerheads, suffer high mortality rates due to capture stress.

For more information, please visit our website: https://oneprotest.org/shark-fishing
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