New shark catch limit in effect in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (AP)—A new catch limit for large coastal sharks took effect in Maryland at the end of August.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said the catch limit per vessel per trip is now 45 large coastal sharks. The agency says the change is meant to comply with species management protocols.

Affected species include silky, tiger, blacktip, spinner bull, lemon, nurse, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead and smooth hammerhead.

The agency says the National Marine Fisheries Service expects in-season changes to the trip limit based on harvest.

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