Device to be tested in NC could save rare sharks

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A fisherman on the North Carolina coast will test a device next summer that could help save rare sharks (Photo: NOAA Fisheries Service/Facebook)

NAGS HEAD, NC (AP) — A fisherman on the North Carolina coast will test a device next summer that could help save rare sharks.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the waterproof gadget would be connected just above the hooks on a long line used for commercial harvesting of species such as tuna and swordfish. It would emit an electric pulse that drives sharks away from the baited hook.

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Outer Banks fisherman Charlie Locke says he will run his 32-foot (10-meter) boat in federal waters about four miles (six kilometers) off Hatteras and Oregon inlets for 10 days beginning in August 2020. He will pull a three-mile (five-kilometer) long line with 150 baited hooks. Half will have the repelling device and half will not. He says that if the device works, it could benefit fisheries around the world.

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