New fish identification guide to save anglers time and money

DPI FISHERIES has put together a handy identification guide which could well save some fishos a lot of money.

It's a guide to identifying the main species of hammerhead sharks encountered in NSW waters, ranging from the common smooth hammerhead tothe endangered scalloped hammerhead and the vulnerable great hammerhead.

It's kosher to possess one smooth hammerhead as part of the general five-shark bag limit but if you get caught with a scalloped or a great, you'll be whacked with a big fine.

The easiest way to ID either of the protected sharks is to check if it has a central indentation in the hammer. If it does, let it swim free.

In fact, you could remove all risk by releasing all hammers alive and then go looking for some more tasty fish.

Despite the towering dorsal fin and general inquisitiveness around boats, the hammer is not considered a very dangerous shark towards humans.



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