In Florida fishing for sharks from beaches is allowed in most counties.
While most of these landings are released back into the ocean this method of catching sharks draws the ire of conservationists, and the eye of the media when animals as large as this one are caught on camera.
Last weeks landing of a nine foot animal in Florida's Riviera Beach was no exception.
The article mentions a $9.00 extra shark fishing permit that fishermen are paying each year. It would be interesting to see local co-operative ventures with regional researchers to tag these animals using these fishermen.