Shark Season Is Here - The Fisherman

Shark Season Is Here

Did you know that sharks play an important role in keeping our ocean healthy by regulating and maintaining the balance of intricate marine ecosystems? Sharks remove sick and weak individuals from prey populations, they influence prey distribution and behavior, and prevent other species from monopolizing limited resources and degrading the marine environment. The presence of sharks is a positive sign of a healthy marine ecosystem.

Learn about the most common shark species that are found in NY’s waters.

Be Shark Smart! 

DEC provides guidelines to help you stay safe while enjoying the ocean:

  • Avoid areas with schools of fish, splashing fish, diving seabirds, and seals;
  • Avoid swimming at dusk, night, and dawn;
  • Avoid murky water;
  • Swim, paddle, and surf in groups;
  • Stay close to shore, where your feet can touch the bottom; and
  • Always follow the instructions of lifeguards and Parks’ staff.

Report Your Shark Sightings

We want you know about your shark observations. If you are fishing, boating, or enjoying the beach and observe a shark, please take some pictures, then report your sighting using the DEC Shark Spotter Survey.

Fin Identification

Knowing how to spot shark fins in the water can help you stay safe while having fun in the ocean. Shark fins have a straight trailing edge and glide at the surface while the fins of a dolphin are curved and bob up and down. Another fin you could encounter belongs to the sunfish which will appear to be flopping side to side.

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