Shortfin mako shark retention now zero

Published 3:56 pm Monday, July 25, 2022

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On July 11 for North Carolina waters, retention of shortfin mako sharks by commercial or recreational watermen moved to zero. The closure was effective July 5 for federal waters.

The closure affects commercial fishermen using longline, bottom longline or gillnet gear with highly migratory species permits; any recreational fishermen who target or catch shortfin mako sharks; and dealers who buy or sell sharks or shark products.

The state action and a link to the federal action is contained in North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FB 41-2022.

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