Wednesday, July 10, 2024

N.Y. Implements New Shark Fishing Regs

On April 17, 2024, DEC implemented new regulations that apply to the recreational shark fishery. We remind all recreational marine anglers to review these regulations before going fishing.

New rules relating to the handling and release of sharks that apply to all vessel-based and shore-based anglers include:

  • A shark that is not being harvested may not be removed from the water and must be released without undue harm.
  • All prohibited shark species must be released immediately if captured. Examples of commonly encountered prohibited shark species found in New York State waters include?Sandbar ("Brown"), Dusky, Sand Tiger, White (“Great White”), and Shortfin Mako sharks.
  • Shark anglers must have wire or bolt cutters immediately available to aid in the removal of tackle and the release of sharks that are not being harvested.

To reduce the take of prohibited sharks from shore, DEC also implemented new rules which apply specifically to shore anglers:

  • It is unlawful for any person to chum from shore. This restriction does not apply to the use of mollusks and crustaceans as chum (e.g., clams, mussels, squid, shrimp, crabs).
  • It is unlawful for a shore angler to deploy baited hooks by any means other than casting with rod and reel.
  • It is unlawful for a shore angler to use a baited hook attached to a metal fishing leader that exceeds 18 inches total length. This restriction does not apply to a metal fishing leader attached solely to an artificial lure.

For more information, visit the recreational shark fishing webpage.