New regulations nearly doubling the minimum size for sharks are expected to have a big impact on the local fishing industry if passed as proposed. The proposed changes would increase the minimum shark size requirement from 54 inches to 96 inches. The proposed regulations are designed to help protect the dusky shark, whose numbers have continued to decline even though their capture has been prohibited since 2000, according to Karyl Brewster-Geisz, a fishery manager for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Aadministation. The new regulations are expected to take effect in April.
- The Daily Times of Salisbury (Md.)