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Title: Sharks
Short Name: Sharks
Status: In Work

The Shark Population Assessment Group at the NOAA Fisheries Service Panama City Laboratory is responsible for the assessment of shark populations in US Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico waters. Main activities of the group include demographic modeling and stock assessment, but fisheries, biological, and ecological work is also conducted in support of these activities.

Current fishery-related research includes an ongoing fishery-independent index of juvenile shark abundance in the coastal northeastern Gulf of Mexico, the development of shark recruitment indices, an observer program to estimate catch and bycatch in the directed shark gillnet fishery along the southeastern US Atlantic coast, an observer program to monitor the commercial shark bottom longline fishery, and updates on the population status of several prohibited shark species.

Biological research includes several aspects of elasmobranch life history such as age and growth, bioenergetics, delineation of Essential Fish Habitat, diet and foraging ecology, distribution and movement patterns, and reproduction. In addition, the group is becoming more involved in ecosystem modeling and ecosystem-based fishery management.


Assessment of shark populations in U.S. Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico waters.


Theme Keywords

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SEFSC PanLab Metadata Portfolio
None elasmobranch
None fisheries
None sawfish
None shark
None stock assessment

Temporal Keywords

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None 1994-present

Spatial Keywords

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None Atlantic ocean
None GOM
None Gulf of Mexico

Physical Location

Organization: Panama City Laboratory

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 24369
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:24369
Metadata Record Created By: Emily Harrell
Metadata Record Created: 2015-04-10 11:56+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-10-19
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-10-19
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-10-19