New regulations coming for on-shore shark fishing

The new permit is totally free and requires anglers to complete an educational course. (MGN)
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Starting July 1, a permit will be required for any angler who wants to fish for sharks on shore in Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission pushed to implement these new measures with support from the community, anglers and non-anglers alike.

"We worked with the community and stakeholders and these were some of the changes that people liked," said FWC spokesperson Bekah Nelson.

The new permit is totally free and requires anglers to complete an educational course.

"As long as you first take that educational course and then once you have completed that, you have to pass a 10-question quiz and then you'll get a certificate of completion that will have a unique code on it, and you use that to obtain your permit," Nelson said.

The new rules apply to every angler 16 or older, and also bans chumming on shore.

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