Identifying Ridgeback Sharks
Commercial and recreational fishermen are prohibited from keeping most Atlantic ridgeback sharks.
What to Look For
Ridgeback sharks get their name from the ridge of skin on their midback, between their dorsal fins. Common Atlantic ridgebacks include dusky, bignose, sandbar, night, silky, and Caribbean reef sharks.
There are many species of sharks, and they can be difficult to correctly identify. Remember, if you don’t know, let it go.
Safe Release Practices
Follow these steps to increase a sharks chances of survival after being released.
- Use heavy fishing tackle to minimize fight time.
- Keep the shark in the water.
- Use the leader to hold the shark boatside with its head facing into the current.
- Use a dehooking device to remove the hook. If removing the hook would put you or the shark in danger, cut the leader as close to the hook as you can with bolt cutters.
- Resuscitate a sluggish shark by allowing water to move over the gills until it can swim away on its own.
Learn more about catch and release best practices