While shark attacks and sightings have created lots of headlines this summer, Delaware wildlife police are reminding anglers of the rules of the water when it comes to catching shark.
Over the past two weeks, officers with the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife have issued 16 citations for shark fishing violations. Shark fishing has grown in popularity in the waters along the Delaware coast, which is home to many different species of sharks.
Cpl. John McDerby said anglers need to know the what species are legal to catch and what are not.
“Before casting their lines, anglers fishing for sharks in Delaware waters need to review species that may be legally caught and retained here,” McDerby said. “Landing, attempting to land, possessing or removing any prohibited shark species from the water is illegal in Delaware.” He said any prohibited shark species that is caught must be immediately released while still in the water.
Wildlife police have issued citations to five Delaware men in separate cases since July 7. The citations range from possession of a prohibited shark species to removing a prohibited species from the water and landing it on the beach.
Delaware law prohibits the catching of species including sand tiger, dusky, and sandbar sharks. A complete list of shark regulations can be found on the state’s website.