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Be a shark-smart angler. Check out our shark-smart fishing guidelines.

Harvestable sharks fall into the following two groups of species:


Group 1 sharks (12 species) have no minimum size limit and include: 

Group 2 sharks (8 species) have a 54 inch (fork length) minimum size limit and include:

Bag and vessel limits for Group 1 and Group 2 sharks: The daily bag limit is one shark per person per day and there is an overlapping vessel limit of two sharks. This means that the maximum number of sharks that can be retained from a vessel is two sharks even if more than two anglers are on board.

Group 3 sharks are prohibited from harvest in state waters and include:

Gear Requirements

Lemon Shark aggregation

Hook and line only. Use of natural bait when using multiple hooks is prohibited.

Landing in Whole Condition Requirements

All sharks that are retained for use must remain in whole condition with heads, tails and fins attached until landed. Gilling and evisceration while on waters or in a fishing location is allowed. 

Shark-Smart Fishing

Help released sharks survive. Fish safe and Shark-Smart!

Shark survival: why it’s important

Sharks are apex predators that play an important role in marine ecosystems. Releasing sharks in a way that increases their chance of survival is an important step toward achieving and maintaining healthy, sustainable shark populations.

Prohibited species: Know before you go!

Negative shark encounters

Not every encounter with a shark is intentional or wanted. Sharks have been known to take fish off the line and even bite boat motors. These negative shark interactions are an unfortunate side effect of healthy and sustainable shark populations. While it may be unfavorable, the best way to avoid negative interactions with sharks is to move to another area and away from where shark activity is occurring. 

Shark-Smart tackle

Proper tackle is the first step in responsible catch-and-release shark fishing.

Shark-Smart handling and release

Sharks are powerful animals. Ensure the safety of both the angler and the shark by handling and releasing Shark-Smart.


Location, location, location!

Fish Shark-Smart from a boat:

Fish Shark-Smart from the shore:

Fish Shark-Smart from a pier:


Sawfish are federally listed as endangered. Do not intentionally target, harass or unnecessarily handle a sawfish. Hooked sawfish should be released as quickly as possible.

Is that shark tagged?

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