Yup those motherfuckers are still at it.
So much for Heuter valiantly trying to talk some sense (and here) into the land-based Shark fishing community after the latest batch of dead GHH did wash ashore. Despite of all the hypocritical admiration for the beautiful creatures, those morons continue to intentionally kill those endangered and protected Sharks by targeting, subduing and then dragging them ashore for trophy pictures.
And the FFWCC is hiding behind the letter of the law and doing nothing.
Obviously the shore anglers are not able, or willing to self regulate.
It's not a matter of whether the hooks are stainless or not, it's not about whether the Shark will be inconvenienced by having to drag around a line - that's just bullshit. By now, everybody and his dog knows that there is simply no way to safely release a Hammerhead from the beach as the stress from the protracted fight will kill it even if it swims away in seemingly good shape, and the shenanigans must stop. Forget the pseudo-scientific taking of measurements, the records and the pictures - the Sharks must be released immediately upon identification by cutting the damn line, and anglers posing with Hammers on the beach need to be sanctioned, period.
And if the law is insufficient to suitably protect the Sharks it was designed to protect, then it needs to be amended accordingly.
And shame on the press - when will you finally start doing some proper reporting!
Over to you vociferous Floridian Shark lovers - stop raising awareness and dispelling myths, or whatever, and start doing!