DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
Division of Fish and Wildlife
SAN # 2010-15
TITLE OF THE REGULATIONS:
Tidal Finfish Regulation: 3541 Atlantic Sharks.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF THE SUBJECT, SUBSTANCE AND ISSUES:
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will hold a public hearing regarding proposed modifications to Tidal Finfish Regulation 3541 concerning Atlantic sharks. The purpose of the proposed revision is to bring Delaware into compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks
The Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Shark specifies which gears that fishermen are authorized to use in state waters on the Atlantic Coast. The gears that are authorized by ASFMC are hook and line, longline, gill net, trawl net, shortline, pound net and weir. At present, Delaware allows the use of hook and line, troll line, dip net, lift net, push net, cast net, spear or harpoon, haul seine, bag net, hoop net, fyke net, fish pot, and gill net for use in state waters to harvest food fish which includes sharks. To meet the requirements of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan, Delaware must restrict the commercial gears that may be used for the harvesting of Atlantic coastal sharks to hook and line, and gill net. Recreational fishermen are restricted to the use of rod and reel and hand line. Fishermen with a federal shark permit who are fishing outside of state waters are not restricted to these gear types and may land sharks using any gear that is in accordance with the rules and regulations established by NOAA Fisheries.
Additionally, the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Shark specifies that a federal Commercial Shark Dealer Permit is required to buy and sell any shark caught in state waters. At the present time, the State of Delaware does not require seafood dealers to have this permit to buy and sell shark caught in state waters.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT:
A public hearing on this regulation will be held in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) auditorium located at 89 Kings Highway, Dover DE 19901 on June 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM. Comments for the hearing record should be addressed to Lisa Vest, Hearing Officer, Office of the Secretary, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, De 19901 or by e-mail to email@example.com