During the summer the SACGB have had several approaches from anglers and skippers who have questioned if using the length, nose to fork of tail, is the correct dimension to use in the calculated estimated weight formula.
The alternative which is being suggested is to use the dimension from the nose to the tip of the tail.
The committee has therefore opened a project which will examine evidence using both length dimensions. We are fortunate to have access to some data compiled several years back which has the measurements of sharks which were landed and weighed.
The general rule with analysis of this nature is, the more data the better the result, so if anyone has actual weights and measurements of sharks which were landed and weighed, we would like to hear from you.
The outcome of this project could mean that we change the qualifying criteria and other areas where calculated estimated weight is used.
In view of this the committee have decided that from the 1st October 2018 the membership qualifying criteria will not change to calculated estimated weight as originally planned but will continue to be the length from nose to fork of tail until the outcome of this project is known.
The lengths are: