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.
How did the United States get to where it is today with sustainable fisheries? Through 40 years of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. U.S. fisheries include more than 470 fish stocks and stock complexes and are globally recognized as responsibly managed. Through a system of regional fisheries management councils, NOAA works with fishermen and partners to accomplish sustainable management of U.S. fisheries, which contribute over $100 billion each year to the U.S. economy and supports 1.8 million jobs.
Bycatch threatens the sustainability and resiliency of our local fishing communities, regional economies, and ocean ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries has a 40-year track record of collaborating with fishermen, academia, and our partners to address bycatch.