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Celebrating 30 Years of Atlantic Shark Management

July 14, 2023

NOAA Fisheries is celebrating 30 years of managing Atlantic shark species.

Graphic showing multiple shark species underwater.

At NOAA Fisheries, 2023 marks 30 years of managing Atlantic shark stocks. As we reflect on this milestone, we also celebrate Shark Awareness Day on July 14. This is a day dedicated to increasing awareness, conservation, and understanding of these majestic creatures. To celebrate with us, check out the features below to learn more about how we manage and assess shark stocks, explore climate change impacts to shark habitat, prey, and overall health, and find facts about these spectacular marine species. 

Shark Features

Atlantic Sharks: 30 Years of Successes and Lessons

On this episode of Dive In With NOAA Fisheries podcast, we discuss some of the challenges of assessing shark stocks and combatting misinformation about sharks. We'll hear from Karyl Brewster-Geisz, the branch chief for regulations of the Atlantic HMS Management Division, and Dr. Enric Cortés, a senior scientist at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center.

Listen to the podcast

Two blacktip sharks swimming
Blacktip sharks. Credit: iStock.

Atlantic Shark Fisheries Management Highlights: A Timeline

Check out these highlights of Atlantic shark fisheries management from the 1970s to 2020s.

Explore the timeline

Image of hammerhead sharks.
Schooling hammerhead sharks. Credit: iStock

Atlantic Blacktip Sharks: A Management Success Story

Blacktip shark stocks are a great example of the successes of 30 years of Atlantic Highly Migratory Fisheries Management.

How we manage Atlantic blacktip sharks

Atlantic blacktip sharks
Atlantic blacktip sharks. Credit: iStock

Sharks, Rays, and Climate Change: Impacts on Habitat, Prey Distribution, and Health

Warming ocean temperatures and more intense storms caused by climate change are impacting prey availability and habitat quality for migratory sharks and rays, keystone species in the ocean.

More on sharks, rays, and climate change

Swimming oceanic whitetip shark
The oceanic whitetip shark’s scientific name—Carcharhinus longimanus—comes from its long, rounded pectoral fin (Longimanus translates to “long hands”). Credit: Andy Mann

Sharpen Your Shark Facts

Celebrate 30 years of federal Atlantic shark fisheries management with new fin-tastic shark facts each week this summer!

Fascinating shark facts

Close-up of Great White Shark
Close-up of a great white shark. Credit: iStock

Story Map: Atlantic Shark Surveys

This story map is a behind the scenes look at NOAA Fisheries' Atlantic shark surveys.

Explore Atlantic shark surveys

Releasing a sandbar shark on a shark survey.
Releasing a sandbar shark on a shark survey.

Debunking Common Shark Myths

We're taking a look at some common misconceptions surrounding shark populations and their management. Then we'll give you the facts to bust those myths.

Shark myths busted

Reef sharks swimming near a school of fish.
Reef sharks swimming near a school of fish.

Predicting the Future to Reduce Shark Bycatch

Many people would like to be able to predict where sharks are found in the ocean. NOAA Fisheries has it figured out.

Predictive Modeling Tool

Shortfin mako shark swimming near the ocean surface.
Shortfin mako shark swimming near the ocean surface.


Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on August 10, 2023