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NMFS Announces the Availability of a Shark Identification Placard for
Recreational Fishermen
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability of a shark
identification placard for recreational fishermen. This placard provides infomation on the shark
species that can be legally retained by recreational anglers in federal waters ofthe Atlantic
Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.
Please note that recreational vessels must possess a valid Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling or HMS Charter/Headboat permit to fish for sharks. Additionally, federally permitted recreational vessels must comply with federal HMS regulations, regardless of where they are fishing unless a state has more restrictive regulations. In that case, the fishermen must follow the more restrictive regulations.
Copies of this placard can be downloaded from the Atlantic HMS website at:, or by contacting the HMS Management Division at (301)
713-2347 (phone) or (301) 713-1917 (fax).
This notice is a courtesy to individuals interested in HMS fisheries activities to keep you
informed about your fishery. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing
such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. For further infonnation, contact Karyl
Brewster-Geisz or Jess Beck at (301) 713-2347.

Shark I.D. Placard available here
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