Fishermen complain there are too many sharks in Palm Beach County
PALM BEACH COUNTY —
Something is taking a bite out of some local businesses. Fishermen who earn in a living in our pristine waters say there are too many sharks.
Sharks even attacked two people recently in the waters off of Palm Beach County.
Captain Greg Bogdan knows these waters well. He’s fished them for three decades, but something he said is changing. “A lot of times, it’s hard to get the bigger fish to the boat,” he said.
That’s because sharks he says are everywhere. The captain says he lost a catch just yesterday. “We were fishing in the inlet. I had a big bull shark come up and eat one of our fish.”
The sharks are also eating into the bottom line of some commercial fishermen because they can’t get the catch into the boat quick enough before the sharks eat it. “It’s definitely affecting some of the snapper fisherman, it’s definitely affecting the guys commercial king fishing,” Bogdan said.
CBS12 contacted Florida Atlantic University shark researcher and expert Stephen Kajiura to ask about the shark behavior. He says good shark management has possibly increased the number of sharks in our waters although he cautions population research is lacking. “I can guarantee you, you can catch a shark anytime we go out and try to catch one, there’s that many,” Bogdan said.