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Shark Regulations


It is unlawful to:

  • possess the fins from any shark listed in the table below prior to landing unless the fins are attached to the body.
  • fillet any shark listed in the table below prior to landing said shark. A shark may be eviscerated and the head removed prior to landing.
  • release any shark listed in the table below in a manner that will not ensure the maximum probability of survival.
  • have on board more than one shark listed below except that two Atlantic Sharpnose sharks may also be on board.
  • possess any prohibited species at any time, in Delaware waters this would include sand tiger sharks, dusky sharks and white sharks
  • possess any shark listed below that measures less than 54 inches, forked length.

Shark Species

Large Coastal Species

Great Hammerhead Scalloped Hammerhead Smooth Hammerhead Tiger Shark
Nurse Shark Silky Shark Blacktip Shark Bull Shark
Sandbar Shark Lemon Shark Spinner Shark

Small Coastal Species

Finetooth Shark Bonnethead Atlantic Sharpnose Shark Blacknose Shark

Pelagic (open sea) Species

Porbeagle Shark Shortfin Mako Blue Shark Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Thresher Shark

Prohibited Species

Basking Shark Great White Shark Bigeye Sand Tiger Sand Tiger
Whale Shark Bignose Shark Caribbean Reef Shark Dusky Shark
Galapagas Shark Narrowtooth Shark Night Shark Atlantic Angel Shark
Caribbean Sharpnose Shark Smalltail Shark Bigeye Sixgill Shark Sevengill Shark
Sixgill Shark Longfin Mako Shark Bigeye Thresher Shark

Additional Information about Sharks

For information or to report a violation, call 1 (800) 523-3336

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