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FWC wants fisherman to stop taking photos with sharks

Date Posted: 2019-02-05
Source: NBC News

FWC is considering adding more regulations to help protect the shark population.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering adding more regulations to help protect the shark population.

Matthew Olsen is a shore based shark fisherman who enjoys catching and releasing sharks.

"For me they're a prized fish to catch," Olsen said. "I'm all about CPR. Catch, picture, release."

But his prize may soon be taken away.

"It would be a bit of a downer," Olsen said. "The picture part for me is the fun part. It's important. It's the reward."
FWC is considering adding new regulations to help protect sharks. One would require fishermen to immediately release sharks back in the water. While you could still get a picture, it would have to be of you releasing it, not posing.

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