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Shark Fisheries

The shark fishery in the state of Florida has increased since the mid-1980s. Over three million pounds of shark were landed in 2003. Learn about the shark fishery and regulations on shark fishing.



Shark Regulations

Sharks are protected by both state and federal regulations.

Shark Landings

This article provides information on the number of sharks caught (landings) by recreational anglers and commercial harvesters.

Sharks and Fishing

Overfishing has left many shark species vulnerable.


FWC Facts:
Florida's American shad are the smallest on the East Coast of the United States. In Florida, shad average 2 to 3 pounds; the state record is 5.19 pounds.

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