The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation was in attendance at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame for a public workshop about shark fisheries management in the state of Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was hosting a forum to discuss the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission management plan for recreational and commercial shark regulations.
GHOF President Steve Stock addressed the FWC in support of adding several species to the prohibited capture list (including lemon, tiger and hammerhead sharks), establishing new minimum/maximum size limits and creating time/area closures. These measures proposed by the GHOF were very well received by those in attendance, including several commercial fishermen.
The FWC will hold two more meetings around Florida before establishing new shark fisheries guidelines. The GHOF is currently funding an on-going study of tiger shark populations in the Caribbean and we will continue to make recommendations to the FWC based on the research findings. The GHOF thanks everyone for their continued support.