An apparent attempt to intimidate shark protection activists has backfired.
After an activist's car was vandalised and a severed tiger shark head left on the bonnet last week during the White Sands Fishing Tournament, the Jervis Bay Game Fishing Club moved to ban sharks being killed in its competitions.
The club said shark fishing would no longer be promoted or encouraged during its comps, and any sharks caught legally would need to be tagged and released.
The move followed an ugly incident last week during the White Sands Fishing event, when a severed shark's head was left on a shark protection activist's car.
Spray paint was also used to cover signs on a trailer being towed by the car, in an incident being investigated by police.
The vehicle's owners had earlier shared a video of a tiger shark being weighed at the club's gantry, which created widespread condemnation of sharks being caught and killed.
The club responded by apologising to anyone affected by the events, and changing its approach to shark fishing.
The club statement said, "As a response to the recent feedback from the community, our sponsors, our members and several local businesses, JB GFC would like to respond to our future position on shark fishing.
"JB GFC prides itself on being one of the most environmentally aware, ecological and educational fishing clubs.
"We have pioneered several tournaments in the past as primarily tag and release, using practices that protect our marine environment at all times, conducting joint scientific research with NSW Fisheries and universities throughout the season.
"To continue this legacy, we as a club would like to announce the immediate cessation of all shark capture categories in all our future tournaments.
"Shark fishing will no longer be promoted or encouraged, however any sharks that are caught legally will be permitted to be tagged and released only.
"Points will only be claimable in this category.
"This will allow crucial research on fish migrations to continue to be recorded and monitored.
"We hope this will encourage our members who happen to hook a shark, to release it, as opposed to keeping it for trophy, sporting or personal reasons.
"JB GFC would like to apologise to any persons who were affected by the recent events that occurred during the weekend of our Whitesands Tournament on the 3, 4 and 5 of December.
"We believe our future commitment on shark fishing is in line with our community and member expectations and look forward to continue to enjoy the pristine waters in and around Jervis Bay with all our surrounding businesses and marine enthusiasts."