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Old 06-26-2019, 05:28 PM
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Default Bahamas Sharks- bring shark fishing back?

With several attacks and one death, being almost impossible to get YF to the boat in some areas.

Is it time to bring back the long liners and or shark fishing?

Im not suggesting, just looking at a discussion.
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06-26-2019, 06:47 PM
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Killing a perfect predator that has been around for many million years so more hacks can land a Yellowfin? Damn....this post has me fired up.
Old 06-26-2019, 06:42 PM
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I vote yes on commercial sharking!

Thanks a lot shark week (sarcasm)
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It is their ocean.....not ours. Bringing in these practices to right our wrongs should not even be in the equation.
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Killing a perfect predator that has been around for many million years so more hacks can land a Yellowfin? Damn....this post has me fired up.
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Yes! Get rid of em, get rid of em, get rid of em! Save the shark idiots need to take a hike. This is what happens when the tree humpers get some stupid species protected so that man can’t enjoy the bounties of nature, just like gators in the swamp and bayou, the dangerous nuisance predator overtakes everything.
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Lots of bang sticks going off in the channel these days.
We are taking all the sharks prey away by over fishing.
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Hehe pretty sure the locals do a bit of culling at times
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Originally Posted by on deck View Post
It is their ocean.....not ours. Bringing in these practices to right our wrongs should not even be in the equation.
https://www.local10.com/news/interna...content=wplg10

What wrong did she commit.
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My thoughts do go out to the young lady's family.

Sharks have been around ALOT longer than us, the ocean is their habitat.
I have grown up in the Bahamas and Cayman Islands, spearfished, etc.
There were, are known areas where sharks are more prevalent.
Not saying she knew, but, we knew, A) You took a chance going in, B) You find a different spot.
Anytime you jump in the ocean there is a chance of getting bit.
I don't swim early, I don't swim past 4:00pm. I spear, I move.
Spearfishing enhances that change, GREATLY.
It's their ocean, habitat, home, not ours. Some of us forget that.
Once again, no disrespect for the young lady and her family.
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The problem with long lines is that they are very indiscriminate catchers of fish. no way to get only sharks. then if you are able to catch the majority of sharks, what's next. something will fill that void. the sharks are there because the food is there. certainly the case with the tuna and speared fish on the reefs. with both we are teaching the sharks where to be to eat. we use radar to find the birds, chunk like hell and then complain that the sharks are better at taking the fish than we are. did an experiment last year spearing .shot into the reef not at a fish and within a minute a shark shows. moved did the same thing with the same result. who is really to blame....
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How about this? Single out the shark species most dangerous to humans and have open season on them. Bulls in particular.
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I understand the idea of Balance in an Eco system. Seems like more people are putting pressure on the Bahamas fishery then ever. We are the ones throwing off the balance by over fishing so maybe we kill a couple thousand sharks to restore? We all know that the shark population in the world has been hit hard but S. Florida and the Bahamas is the worst Ive ever seen it. These thoughts will ruffle some feathers and sharks are an incredible predator but over population is a problem. Manage them the way they do the deer population, Issue tags or send Mark the Shark and little Maverick out there.
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Too bad they don't taste better..
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they do taste good, but you have a very narrow window to eat them
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Reading the posts in this thread really reconfirms my notions that our future fisheries are ****ed.

Rebalancing the ecosystem by killing off side B because side A is overfshed/had it's habitat reduced? Sounds like an expedited race to the bottom. Let's just get it over with and dredge the last remaining estuaries and fit in a few more cruise ship terminals so we don't have to talk about it anymore.
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In the Bahamas, they should do away with sharks and buses.
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So you want to get rid of them due to humans conditioning them to:

1. Attack humans by conditioning them to feed at a specific area at a specific time while in the water?
2. Eat line caught tuna by conditioning them by feeding them with disabled tuna while fishing tuna under schools of birds in the same area.

These fish have been educated by human behavior. Maybe if we change human behavior the sharks will go away. Destroying a species that has been there millions of years to accommodate us is a good example on why this planet is in the shape it is.
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Scared of sharks stick to the swimming pool. If you were sitting on your couch at home and hungry and someone walked by with an open pizza box I bet you'd try and grab a slice too.
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Let our boys fish a little. The sharks move back and forth. Plenty of longline boats would love to go shark fishing right about now. More money than you think of in the shark meat market.
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Originally Posted by gameon View Post
So you want to get rid of them due to humans conditioning them to:

1. Attack humans by conditioning them to feed at a specific area at a specific time while in the water?
2. Eat line caught tuna by conditioning them by feeding them with disabled tuna while fishing tuna under schools of birds in the same area.

These fish have been educated by human behavior. Maybe if we change human behavior the sharks will go away. Destroying a species that has been there millions of years to accommodate us is a good example on why this planet is in the shape it is.
Hasn't the shape of the planet always been round?
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