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SHARK ID & FEDERAL REGULATIONS GUIDE

With shark fishing and tournament season well upon us across the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states, now is the time to brush up on your shark identification knowledge base.
By Toby Lapinski
Tags: offshore
SHARK ID & FEDERAL REGULATIONS GUIDE
This shark was landed by a group of anglers fishing with live bunker roughly 3 miles off Asbury Park, NJ, in June 2016. While much speculation has arisen over its identification, it is most likely a juvenile great white.

Not only are sharks among the ocean’s top predators and vital to the natural balance of marine ecosystems, they are also a valuable recreational species and food source. To help protect these important marine species, the United States has some of the strongest shark management measures worldwide.

And now with shark fishing and tournament season well upon us across the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states, this is the perfect time to brush up on your shark identification knowledge base. Take a look at the following identification charts provided by NOAA and be fully prepared the next time that mako, porbeagle or white shark pops up in your slick.

For more information on sharks, regulations, landing updates and related data, please visit the NOAA shark page.

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