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Episode 1301: Recreational Shark Fishing: Collaborating for Conservation

Global shark populations have declined drastically since 1970, driven primarily by commercial overfishing. More recently scientists are also finding that recreational fishing has a greater impact on coastal shark populations in the United States than previously thought. Shark fishing from beaches, piers, and bridges is an increasingly popular activity in parts of the United States, and despite good intentions, catch and release does not guarantee the fish survives. 

Some experts study the behavioral and physiological responses of sharks being captured on a line. Other scientists collaborate with recreational anglers to better understand the effect the sport is having on sharks and rays, including endangered species such as great hammerhead sharks and manta rays.

What impact does shore-based fishing have on Florida’s shark and ray populations? How are scientists and anglers working together to protect these awe-inspiring animals from extinction?


Meet the experts featured in this episode.

Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

ANGARI Foundation

Cassandra Scott
COVA Productions

David Diez

Jessica Pate
Florida Manta Project
Marine Megafauna Foundation

Jim Abernethy
Jim Abernethy Imagery

Neil Hammerschlag, Ph.D.

Robert Requejo Ramos
Rene De Dios and the South Beach Shark Club

Shark Research and Conservation Program
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Shawn Heinrichs
Blue Sphere Media LLC

Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D
Florida Atlantic University

The Florida Channel

Art Stickel
J. Ellsworth Gross
State Archives of Florida

Delray Beach Fire Rescue
Ocean Rescue Division

Field School

Hannah Medd
American Shark Conservancy

Mallory Lindsay

Miami Herald Archives

Mikki McComb-Kobza, Ph.D.
Ocean First Institute

Morne Hardenberg
Shark Explorers

San Clemente Times

Shark Research and Conservation Program
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Travis Spencer
Spartan Tackle

Web Extras

Beautiful Lemon Sharks                                       

Shark Diving Adventure                                         

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