Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Video: Thresher Shark's Last Attempt at Freedom Before NY Fisherman Land It

Thresher shark caught by fishermen in New York
A group of fishermen in New York almost end up on the wrong side of a thresher shark's last attempt at freedom before they get the shark in the boat and then dispatch it.

Although we much prefer to see fisherman release any shark catch due to the declining numbers of the species, NY fishing regs allow for the keeping of one thresher shark per boat as long as the shark measures a minimum of 54 inches from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail.

Although many shark species have high levels of mercury, that is not the case with thresher sharks according to NOAA Fisheries Services.
"Analysis of mercury in the muscle (Suk et al. 2009) reveals levels substantially lower (mean 0.13 ± 0.15 µg/g) than the FDA recommendations of 1.0 µg/g. Mercury concentration increased with shark size to a maximum of 0.7 µg/g for a 241 cm fork length (~ 425 lb) individual, still below the FDA recommendations."

Before we sign off, here's an excellent video put out by NOAA titled 'Sustainable Sport Fishing for Thresher Sharks' where they discuss the best practices to be used by anglers who seek to catch and release thresher sharks.

CAUTION: Adult Language.  Video posted on Youtube by Jordan Rosenstock.