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Moves are afoot to double the minimum size of sharks that can be retained off Maryland waters. Though the new regulations, which come into force in April, are designed to protect dusky shark numbers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has bumped up the size at which all sharks can be kept from 54in to 96in. Dusky shark numbers have continued to decline even though their capture has been prohibited since 2000. An NOAA stock assessment showed the need for a two-thirds reduction in fishing mortality. The average size for a mature dusky shark is 93 inches, so researchers rounded up and set the 96in minimum for all sharks, meaning threshers, makos and blues would also have to be that large before they could be caught and kept. “This is pretty much going to eliminate the retention of the recreationally caught shark,” said Mark Sampson, captain of the Fish Finder and director of the Ocean City Shark Tournament. Others may feel that in this conservation age, anglers shouldn’t be keeping sharks as trophies anyway. Full story here.