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If you think you see a violation you should report it immediately but make sure to follow best practices to document the event. You also can ask the FWC to check for the mandatory shark fishing permit. 

Contact the FWC if you suspect illegal shore-based shark fishing but make sure you understand how the make the most effective statement. This will assist the FWC in determining if an investigation will be opened. 


Here are three ways to report

Call The FWC


FWC hotline 888-404-FWCC (3922)

If you do call make sure you stay call calm and be as detailed as possible. Time, location, how many individuals, what they are wearing, what shark is being caught, every and all details are vital)

Text The FWC


Report violations via text message. Most cell phones allow users to send text messages directly to an email address. You can text

Go Online And Contact The FWC


If you prefer to use the FWC's online form to report a violation you can click on this link and follow the instructions.

FWC Online Violations Reporting Form


Important Note! Do not interfere with shark fishermen no matter what is happening. 

  • Record from a safe distance. 

  • Get videos or photos of everyone involved. 

  • If they leave the scene, try to obtain video and photographic evidence.

  • If possible, get the make and model of the car and license plate.

  • Every detail matters. 

When communicating with FWC law enforcement, you must present an accurate account of events and provide evidence corroborating your story, thorough testimony enhances the chance of prosecution.


Don't forget to ask for the FWC Officer for their name(s), badge number(s), and a case number for follow-up. Please send us the case# and all acquired documentation for our records.

If you were unable to get an officer to the scene, fill out the FWC's online violations reporting form

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