Shark, Great Hammerhead

Shape

Synonyms

Sphyrna mokarran

Edibility

n/a

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Gear HMS Shark

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

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

  • Additional Notes


    Anglers cannot possess these sharks while in possession of tunas, billfish, or swordfish.

    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.

    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

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Gear HMS Shark

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

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

  • Additional Notes


    Anglers cannot possess these sharks while in possession of tunas, billfish, or swordfish.

    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.

    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

  • Measurements Min Size: 99 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.

  • Additional Notes
    A person may not harvest or possess on or from Florida Waters or land in Florida any prohibited species or any part thereof.
    A person may not unnecessarily harm or destroy any prohibited species from Florida Waters.
    A person who catches a prohibited species while fishing from shore must release such prohibited species immediately at the site of capture, without unnecessary harm. Delaying the release of a prohibited species for any period of time longer than necessary to remove the hook or other fishing tackle is prohibited. If the hook cannot be removed quickly, either the hook must be cut or the leader must be cut as close to the hook as possible in order to remove as much fishing tackle as possible without delaying release. The permissible temporary possession provisions provided for by paragraph 68B-2.002(2)(a), F.A.C., do not apply to prohibited species.
    A person may not remove a prohibited species from Florida Waters. The gills of a prohibited species must remain submerged and the entire length of the organism must remain in the water. This subparagraph shall not be construed to prohibit temporarily lifting the head of a prohibited species from the water in order to speed removal of a hook or other fishing tackle or to require unsafe practices while fishing from shore.

    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 NOAA's Prohibited Shark ID Placard (http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/sharks/documents/prohibited_shark_id_placard_5302017_web.pdf)

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Gear Shark Circle Hook

  • Aggregate Information Name: Other Sharks Limit: 1

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Sharks Limit: 1

  • Closed Seasons from May 15th, 2020 to July 15th, 2020
    from May 15th, 2021 to July 15th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    1 shark per vessel per trip (excluding Dog, Atlantic Sharpnose, and Bonnethead Sharks). A non-boat assisted shore angler is entitled to a vessel possession limit. Sharks my only be taken by handline or rod and reel. Spearing and bowfishing is illegal. All sharks (except Spiny Dog Sharks) must be landed with head and fins attached.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 54 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

  • Closed Seasons from April 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2020
    from April 1st, 2021 to June 30th, 2021

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

  • Additional Notes
    Aggregate shark bag limit = 1 shark per vessel per trip

  • 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.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    1 shark per vessel per trip any authorized species

    It is unlawful to possess a great, scalloped or smooth hammerhead or oceanic whitetip shark while in possession of tunas, billfish or swordfish.

    For seasons, bag limits, size limits, or closures contact South Atlantic Council (SAMFC) at 1-843-571-4366 or safmc.net and see the most recent NCDENR Proclamation.

    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.

    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

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

  • Additional Notes
    Each landed shark must have head, tail, and fins attached. No sale allowed. Sharks, excluding spiny dogfish, shall not be taken by baited hook except with the use of a non-stainless steel, non-offset circle hook.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

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

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 3

  • Measurements Min Size: 37 in Total Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Large Sharks Limit: 1

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Sharks Limit: 1

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

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 78 in Fork Length

  • Aggregate Information Name: Shark Limit: 1

  • Closed Seasons from May 15th, 2020 to July 15th, 2020
    from May 15th, 2021 to July 15th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    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.

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