Keith Lusher 07.20.23
The Gulf of Mexico is not any stranger to me with regards to offshore fishing. From pink snapper to amberjack, I’ve focused many species within the heat gulf waters. There’s, nonetheless, one drawback that appears to be getting worse and that’s the overwhelming quantity of sharks which are within the gulf. These sharks are wreaking havoc on offshore anglers who’re making an attempt to reel up their catch. The issue has gotten so unhealthy that it has change into nearly unattainable for anglers to convey a fish again to the boat in some locations earlier than it’s mauled by sharks. This depredation is detrimental to each anglers and to fish that may in any other case be launched.
My daughter lately returned dwelling from an offshore fishing journey the place she stated they misplaced roughly half of the fish that had been initially hooked and being reeled to the boat due to sharks ripping them off the hook. And for those that weren’t ripped off the hook utterly, all that was left was the top of the fish that remained.
As the speed of shark depredation has elevated, fishermen have change into more and more annoyed by the difficulty and a scarcity of response from the fisheries administration group. Shark depredation touches on many federal and state jurisdictions, however as a result of no single entity has duty to deal with it, little or no is being performed.
In response, federal laws has been launched that may create a process pressure that may be answerable for bettering coordination and communication throughout the fisheries administration group on shark depredation and figuring out analysis priorities and funding alternatives. The laws is named the SHARKED Act, and it might start the method of discovering a science-based response to shark depredation.
Should you fish offshore water within the Gulf of Mexico and wish to weigh in on this worsting drawback that doesn’t appear to be getting the eye it deserves, anglers are inspired to click on the hyperlink beneath to inform your U.S. Consultant to help the SHARKED Act at present!
Keith Lusher is an award successful out of doors journalist that resides in Covington, Louisiana. He owns and operates NorthshoreFishingReport.com and writes a weekly out of doors column for the Slidell Unbiased Newspaper. He additionally writes for the St.Tammany Parish Tourism Fee’s LouisianaNorthshore.com and Louisiana Northshore Discover Journal. He’s the previous host of The Northshore Fishing Report Radio Present and is on the board of the Louisiana Outside Writers Affiliation. Keith contributes to quite a few publications each on-line and in print and prides himself on selling South Louisiana’s distinctive fishery.