Photo Featured in FWC Magazine

The 2012 January to June issue of the official Saltwater Fishing Regulations magazine features an article by Melissa Recks of the FWC and a photo by Think Out Loud Productions. The piece covers new rules for the recreational and commercial harvest of coastal sharks. In November,  the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to prohibit the harvest of tiger, smooth, scalloped and great hammerhead sharks in state waters. The new rules went into effect January 1, 2012. While they are fairly straight-forward, there is some confusion in the sport and conservation communities about exactly what this ban means. Sean Paxton had a recent conversation with Aaron Pody of the FWC to address some of the concerns and questions that we've both been hearing out there. That conversation will be included in an article by Sean set to run in next week's Waterline Magazine.

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Photo from video. Guy Harvey Ultimate Shark Challenge Creator/Directors: Sean Paxton, Brooks Paxton and Capt. Robert Moore tested an in-water measuring device they custom-designed prior to the 2011 competition. In the process, they put themselves through the exact same competitive protocols they require of all USC anglers, teams and certified observers.

Photo from video. This was one of two, nearly identical, boca grande bull sharks they worked with that day. Little did this big girl know, she'd make the big time in the 2012 FWC Saltwater Rules & Regulations magazine.

Photo From Video. Observer Point-of-View. Capt. Robert Moore controls the tail, while Sean Paxton maintains leverage on the head using the leader and Brooks plays the role on this fish as a certified USC Observer. All USC protocols are designed and implemented with angler safety and the post-release welfare of all sharks held in the highest regard.

Brooks Paxton (top) and Capt. Robert Moore prepare to release this cooperative bull shark. In the case, with a controlled fish and experienced crew, we used bolt cutters to remove the hook completely. With USC rules requiring the use of non-stainless steel, in-line circle hooks designed for corner of the mouth hook-sets and faster corrosion rates, teams are not required to perform this step. However, they must cut the leader as short and as close to the hook as is safely possible before releasing any shark.

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