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  • Titill er á ensku Recreational shark fishery in Nova Scotia : evaluation and strengthening of the current management framework
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    The recreational shark fishery in Nova Scotia is composed of shark derbies and catch-andrelease fisheries. Shark derbies began in 1993, under the direction of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada to collect scientific data in a data deficient group of species, as well as to educate the public on shark biology and conservation. This fishery is unique within Canada as it is the only province which permits the landing of sharks. Regulations have changed over the years but follow the guidelines of several plans including the International and National Plans of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks, and an Integrated Fisheries Management Plan. This project aims to explore the recreational fishery, including perspectives of participants and organisers of shark derbies across the province. The main motivations identified for involvement where the benefit to the community through non-profit fundraising and recreational activities as well as the involvement in science. Through observations, few educational components of these events were noted, and science has been stagnant for several years, raising concerns about the current state of the fishery. Handling is one area where improvement is necessary, moving to circle hooks and imposing mandatory training for all fishers would reduce the threat to hooked sharks. Furthermore, moving derbies to catch-and-release would not only decrease shark mortality but would also increase tagging efforts, while maintaining the benefits to the community.

  • 2.3.2018

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