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A mom's fight for new shore-based shark fishing laws, is now a reality

Protecting Paradise
Posted at 3:57 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-29 16:00:02-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  — A mom's fight for change when it comes to shore-based shark fishing, is now a reality.

Jessica Veatch pushed for shore-based shark fishing regulations after her daughter survived an attack.

As a result, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has new rules that include a ban on chumming, requirements for a no-cost educational permit and new equipment requirements.

There are also rules to help sharks, such as immediate release for certain species and cut the line laws.

The FWC also has an online test that informs fisherman to be considerate of swimmers.

"The fishermen should voluntarily make sure they are not fishing with swimmers in the water and not fishing on popular swimming beaches," Veatch said.

Her daughter has been back to the beach, but still not in the water. Veatch said her daughter is ready and hopes to take her to the beach during the summer.