Shark Fishing Regulations in Florida State Waters

Symbols Key:

  • «: Spearing Prohibited
  • p: Must Remain in Whole Condition (removal of gills and guts allowed).
  • u: Measured as Total Length.
  • n: State Regulations Apply in Federal Waters.
  • l: Additional Gear Rules Apply.
  • T: Harvest Prohibited with Any Multiple Hook with Natural Bait.
  • X: State Reef Fish Angler Designation Required.

Daily Recreational Bag Limit:

  • Limit: 1 per harvester or 2 per vessel per day, whichever is less.

General Remarks:

  • Sharks are managed as a group for bag limit purposes; only one shark can be harvested per day, and it must be a retainable species.
  • Hook-and-line gear only.
  • Shore-based Shark Fishing educational course and permit required.
  • Always refer to the most current regulations for updates.

Retainable Sharks with a 54" Fork Length Minimum – p « T

  • Species: Blue, Oceanic Whitetip, Porbeagle (not illustrated), Bull, Nurse, Common Thresher, Spinner.

Retainable Sharks with No Minimum Size Limit – « T

  • Species: Finetooth, Smooth Dogfish, Florida and Gulf Smoothhounds (not illustrated), Atlantic Sharpnose, Bonnethead, Blacknose, Blacktip.

Prohibited Species:

It is illegal to harvest, possess, land, purchase, sell, or exchange the following species:

  • Shortfin Mako
  • Goliath Grouper (Jewfish, without harvest permit)
  • Nassau Grouper
  • Sawfish
  • Atlantic Angel Shark
  • Basking Shark
  • Bigeye Sand Tiger Shark
  • Bigeye Sixgill Shark
  • Bigeye Thresher Shark
  • And many more including various species of sharks, rays, fish, and invertebrates. (See complete list in the original text)
  • Harvest of live rock in state waters is prohibited.
  • Puffer fish harvest is prohibited in select counties.

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