Prohibited shark identification, including dusky and other ridgeback sharks, and tips for safe handling and release. Includes information on permitting and regulations for recreational shark fishing in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean.
See a NOAA Fisheries biologist, Antonella Preti, perform a gut analysis on a 12 foot shortfin mako shark weighing 1,323 pounds. By analyzing the contents of shark stomachs, we help build a database of who eats who eats who in the ocean, an essential tool in managing fisheries.
In 2013, the world record mako shark was caught off the coast of California. Scientists discovered an adult sea lion in its stomach, which you can experience in part 1 @ youtu.be/L6oov2ZmRaM.
In part II, you’ll see that this sea lion is one of many that have been attacked by sharks. Some have survived such encounters, and their wounds provide important insight on the state of sharks in southern California.
How are NOAA Fisheries scientists studying basking sharks—the 2nd largest shark in the ocean? Watch and learn how we are using satellite tag technology to learn more about these giant gentles, including their movements and preferred habitat.
As the popularity of recreational sport fishing of thresher sharks in Southern California is rising, scientists at NOAA and the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research partner up to study survival rates on the local population. The goal: to offer up best fishing practices to recreational fishermen in an effort to keep this thresher shark fishery sustainable.