The Maritimes Recreational Shark Fishery has been active since 1994. Biological data collected from the recreational fishery is used to develop an assessment of stock status and the general health of the population, particularly that of blue sharks. For the purpose of scientific data collection, participants of the recreational shark fishery are required to provide information on length, weight, sex and location of every shark that is caught, whether or not it is landed or released. By monitoring trends in this data from year to year, and in conjunction with the more detailed information collected at the shark derbies, the scientists at the Shark Research Laboratory are able to detect population-level changes which are indicators of low stock abundance or overfishing. Biological indicators such as the size composition, size at sexual maturity and catch per fishing effort are particularly useful for detecting problems with the population. While there are social and economic benefits to a healthy shark fishery, the fishery must be sustainable over the long term. In other words, the populations of each of the shark species must be conserved at safe levels. The species most often caught is the blue shark. However the occasional thresher or porbeagle shark is also caught.
Enter to catch your shark at Queen's County Annual Seafest, August 26th, 27th and 28, 2011.
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