Best Release Practices
Bring in the shark quickly. Longer fight times could mean the shark will be at a higher risk of mortality. (Prohibited or protected species that die while on the line after being caught must be returned to the water.) Use lots of drag and heavy enough tackle to limit extended fight times. Think about what size shark you will be catching. The bigger the shark, the heavier the tackle should be. Do not remove sharks from water - extended air exposure could be deadly. Take photos with the shark in the water.
What is known about the benefits of using circle hooks for shark fishing comes from research conducted in commercial longline fisheries, where shark capture occurs mostly as bycatch. Studies suggest that the use of circle hooks in the longline fishery does reduce at-vessel mortality compared to J-hooks, but more definitive research is needed before scientific consensus on circle hooks as a conservation tool for sharks can emerge.
- Shark Information (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
- Fish Handling Practices (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
- Common Sharks of Florida (Florida Sea Grant)
- A Guide to Circle Hooks (Florida Sea Grant)
- Recreational Shark Fishing Healthy Catch-and-Release (NOAA Fisheries Service)
- Sustainable Sport Fishing for Thresher Sharks (NOAA Fisheries Service)
- Podcast: Hooked on Sharks (NOAA Fisheries Service)
- Best Practice Shark Handling Guide (The Shark Trust)
- A Guide to Sharks, Tunas & Billfishes in the U.S. Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico (Rhode Island Sea Grant)
- Shark Biology and Conservation (MOTE Marine Laboratory)
- Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide (Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess)
- Circle hooks and sharks (Bulletin of Marine Science)
- Guy Harvey Research Institute Shark Tracker