Shark, Bonnethead

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Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear HMS Shark

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit with shark endorsement

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

    Recreational shark anglers aboard federally permitted vessels are required to use non-offset, non stainless steel circle hooks in federal waters (3 – 200 miles offshore) when fishing with baited hooks south of 41° 43' latitude (near Chatham, Massachusetts).

    All sharks must be landed intact with the head, tail, and all fins naturally attached. The shark may be gutted and bled at sea (e.g., by making an incision at the base of the tail).

    You must report recreational landings of shark in Maryland by calling 1-410-213-1531.

    Sharks harvested but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water.

    Sharks can be difficult to ID. Remember: If you don't know, let it go. For help with shark identification, download the Recreational Atlantic HMS Shark ID Placard (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/sharks/documents/shark_id_placard_532017_web.pdf) or the Prohibited Shark ID Placard (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/sharks/documents/prohibited_shark_id_placard_5302017_web.pdf)

    All highly migratory species require an HMS Angling Permit from NOAA Fisheries. Permits are available by calling 1-888-872-8862, or by visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov. No sale permitted for HMS species caught under an HMS Angling Permit.
    For complete HMS regulations contact NOAA Fisheries HMS Management Division at 1-301-427-8503 or visit www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/atlantic-highly-migratory-species

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear HMS Shark

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit with shark endorsement

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

    Recreational shark anglers aboard federally permitted vessels are required to use non-offset, non stainless steel circle hooks in federal waters (3 – 200 miles offshore) when fishing with baited hooks south of 41° 43' latitude (near Chatham, Massachusetts).

    All sharks must be landed intact with the head, tail, and all fins naturally attached. The shark may be gutted and bled at sea (e.g., by making an incision at the base of the tail).

    Sharks harvested but not retained must be released in a manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. Do NOT remove the fish from the water.

    Sharks can be difficult to ID. Remember: If you don't know, let it go. For help with shark identification, download the Recreational Atlantic HMS Shark ID Placard (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/sharks/documents/shark_id_placard_532017_web.pdf) or the Prohibited Shark ID Placard (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/sharks/documents/prohibited_shark_id_placard_5302017_web.pdf)

    All highly migratory species require an HMS Angling Permit from NOAA Fisheries. Permits are available by calling 1-888-872-8862, or by visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov. No sale permitted for HMS species caught under an HMS Angling Permit.
    For complete HMS regulations contact NOAA Fisheries HMS Management Division at 1-301-427-8503 or visit www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/atlantic-highly-migratory-species

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2018
    from April 1st, 2019 to June 30th, 2019

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit and Atlantic HMS Angling Permit

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size. No closed season.

    Vessel Anglers: Only 1 shark of any species per vessel, except 1 additional bonnethead and 1 additional Atlantic Sharpnose shark per angler onboard vessel.
    Shore Anglers: Only 1 shark of any species per angler, except 1 additional bonnethead and 1 additional Atlantic Sharpnose shark per shore angler.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.
    1 Atlantic sharpnose and 1 bonnethead per person per day may be landed in addition to allowable bag limits for other sharks. Spiny dogfish and smoothhound sharks (smooth dogfish) are exempt from harvest and size restrictions. See most recent NCDENR Proclamation.

    It is unlawful for recreational fishermen to possess any shark without head, tail, and fins intact with the carcass through the point of landing. Anglers may still gut and bleed the carcass as long as the tail is not removed. Filleting any shark is prohibited, until that shark is offloaded at the dock or on shore.

    It is unlawful for recreational fishermen to catch sharks by any gear other than rod and reel or handlines. Handlines are defined as a mainline with no more than two gangions or hooks attached that are retrieved by hand only.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 24 in Total Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only.
    Please consider releasing all shark species, especially if you are unsure of the species identity.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 2

  • Aggregate Information Name: Sharks Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line gear only.
    No minimum size limit.
    1 shark per harvester or 2 sharks per vessel, whichever is less.

    Please consider releasing all shark species.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 2

  • Aggregate Information Name: Sharks Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line gear only.
    No minimum size limit.
    1 shark per harvester or 2 sharks per vessel, whichever is less.

    Please consider releasing all shark species.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Additional Notes
    May only be taken by rod and reel or handline. All sharks must be landed with fins, head and tail naturally attached.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 25 in Total Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Small Sharks Limit: 4

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 30 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Small Sharks Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    Hook and line only. Please consider releasing all shark species.

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Additional Notes
    No person shall fish for, or land, any shark or shark parts. It is against the law to buy or sell any shark, shark parts or shark products. It is illegal to export or import sharks, shark parts or shark products. If you hook a shark while fishing, you must promptly release it into the sea unharmed.

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