- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say two sharks brought in to be weighed during a deep sea fishing tournament in southern Alabama were disqualified because they had been shot.

Officials at the 81st Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo said both bull sharks had been caught on a line, but they said anglers shot the animals to kill them more quickly.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1zWUqAs) that there are no laws against shooting fish from a boat, but tournament rules prohibit those fish from being entered.

The sharks were disqualified from the tournament Sunday in the Dauphin Island area.

Tournament rules committee chairman Todd Bishop said fish which have been shot or handled in an unsportsmanlike fashion are disqualified.

He said the tournament is about fishing, “not spearfishing or hunting, so it all goes back to sportsmanship.”

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