Shark fishermen in Australia face potential $11,000 fines for harvesting newly banned shark species like the longfin mako.
Naturally fishermen are unhappy with the arrangement asking the question - are we really saving sharks by just banning shark takes?
We're not so sure there's an easy answer to that without a follow up outreach programs in "safe shark handling" for fishermen.
Featuring heavier tackle, circle hooks, and limited handling protocols shark mortality rates could be effectively curbed with a well coordinated two step conservation approach.
In Florida this approach will be launched in the summer of 2010.