HomeSharksNew Federal Rules for Recreational and Commercial Shark Fishing

Starting January 1st, 2018:

  • Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit holders who fish for shark recreationally will need to obtain a shark endorsement, which requires completion of an online shark identification and fishing regulation training course.
  • HMS permit holders with a shark endorsement will be required to use non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks while fishing for sharks recreationally in federal waters (3 – 200 miles offshore) south of 41°43’N latitude (Chatham, MA), except when fishing with flies or artificial lures
  • Commercial HMS directed shark permit holders using bottom longline gear will also be required to use circle hooks.

See new NOAA fisheries requirements, and Highly Migratory Species permit information.

Circle and J-hooksNew York State already requires that sharks, excluding spiny dogfish, shall not be taken for commercial or recreational purposes by baited hooking except with the use of non-stainless steel non-offset circle hooks in state waters (0 – 3 miles offshore). Also, no person shall conduct, sponsor or participate in any shark tournament unless said tournament’s rules and regulations require the exclusive use of non-stainless steel, non-offset circle hooks.

For more information about shark fishing in New York State, please visit the DEC website.

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