Possible shark fishing ban at the Venice pier

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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 4:22 pm | Updated: 9:09 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

VENICE, Fla. - City leaders in Venice are considering a ban on shark fishing at the Venice Municipal Fishing Pier.

According to our coverage partners at the Venice Gondolier Sun, the ban comes after numerous complaints of fishermen leaving shark bait and blood all over the pier.

The city manager reportedly sent the mayor an email last week concerning the possible policy change. Aside from the bait left behind, the city is concerned about the damage fishing hooks, and even rats are causing to the pier.

Area fishermen are asking that more research be done on the problems with the pier and shark fishing before placing any kind of ban.

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1 comment:

  • Captkeywest posted at 7:51 am on Tue, May 28, 2013.

    Captkeywest Posts: 1

    Any Florida caught shark 43" or bigger is loaded with mercury and on the "Do Not Eat List" - see page 27: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/floridafishadvice/2013_Brochure.pdf

    Of the regulated species sharks under 54" are not allowed to be taken: Fla salt water fishing regs:

    You can also see the few unregulated species you can keep under 43" are also loaded with mercury and should not be eaten by women of child bearing age or young children.

    = No reason to fish for sharks !



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