CODE OF BEST ANGLING PRACTICE FOR SHARKS IN THE BRITISH ISLES

A release today is an investment in the future, as no fish stock is infinite

 

The use of bronze finished hooks is the singularly most important factor in the release of hooked sharks, as released fish will not be impaired by the hook. Mustad Code 3406, 7731BR, 79514BR & VMC 9255BZ or 9260BZ hooks are highly recommended as they are proven to ‘dissolve’ from the mouth position within 5 days. As an alternative, longline 'circle hooks' are being used in increasing numbers around the world for guaranteeing hooking fish in the 'scissors, for ease of releasing the fish. Mustad 39960ST are favourites with the billfish and large Tuna fraternity - and certainly worth considering. Further improvements to the hooks and survivability of the sharks, comes from crushing the barbs; without loss of fish

 

 

Release all fish at the boat side, without bringing the fish abroad. Removing the shark from its supportive environment, the water, risks causing unseen internal damage - possibly consigning the shark to a prolonged death, even on release. Releasing all large hooked sharks is best accomplished by cutting the wire trace at or as near to the mouth area as possible, especially when using bronze finished hooks.
Bring small sharks aboard with the aid of a net for unhooking and subsequent careful release. Releasing damaged or bleeding sharks at least gives them a chance of survival, rather than once dead.
Sharks that have ejected their stomachs are capable of re-ingesting them, unaided, once released. This is a natural mechanism of sharks, to aid ejection of unpaletable materials.

 

 

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