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Florida passes beach-based shark fishing rules

By Kimberly Miller

Anglers hoping to hook a shark from a Florida beach will face increased scrutiny and need a special license after the state’s first shore-based shark fishing rules were approved this week.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to give the state better oversight of the generations-old sport in an effort to respond to concerns from beach-goers and conservationists.

Beginning July 1, shark fishermen casting a line from shore will be required to get a free shark-fishing license, view an online educational course and ensure that prohibited species, such as the great hammerhead, remain entirely in the water with their gills covered during release.

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