How planning ahead helps you make good decisions
Catching a shark or ray can be exciting but excitement can soon turn to panic if you don’t know what to do with your catch. Having a decision-making framework will ensure you, your crew and your catch stay as safe as possible. In this video, you’ll learn about how to make informed and calm decisions when you catch a shark or ray.
- When in doubt, assume a shark or ray is dangerous and handle accordingly.
- Avoid taking a pregnant shark or ray out of the water as they will often abort. If their stomach is swollen, they may be pregnant.
- If a shark or ray is under 1 metre, you can land and dehook.
- If a shark or ray is larger than 1 metre, try not to remove it from the water.
- Make sure everyone on board has a clearly assigned role and decide in advance if you are going to keep or release any sharks or rays you catch.
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