Fishermen find sharks branded like cattle off SC coast, suspect arrested
AWENDAW, SC (AP) – An Awendaw man has been charged with branding sharks like cattle off the South Carolina coast.
Department of Natural Resources officials say the 56-year-old man was charged with illegal tagging of a saltwater fish last week.
Fishermen last week began catching sharks with a symbol that looked like a cursive letter burned just below their dorsal fins.
The Post and Courier reports the brands could have been made with a propane torch or dry ice.
The misdemeanor can net a fine of up to $200.