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2021 Coastal Survey Catches Nearly 2,500 Atlantic Sharks

Every two to three years, scientists capture and tag sharks along the southeast Atlantic coast to collect a variety of data. This year’s survey captured nearly 2,500 from 11 different shark species.
July 13, 2021 - Feature Story ,
An approximately 3-foot-long small shark is laid belly down on the deck of a vessel by a scientist wearing thick rubber boots and gloves. The shark’s eye and top (dorsal) and side (pectoral) fins are clearly visible. The shark is light colored on its belly side and has a pattern of dark and light gray colors on its body that look like stripes. Small tiger shark captured for tagging and release 2021 Coastal Shark Survey. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Apex Predator Program.

Are All U.S. Sharks Overfished?

The majority of sharks harvested in the United States are species with above-target population levels. And we have rebuilding plans for all overfished species.
August 07, 2020 - Feature Story ,
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U.S.-Caught Sharks Are a Sustainable Food Choice

While overfishing has greatly depleted some shark populations overseas, U.S. shark fisheries are some of the most sustainable in the world.
October 22, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Pelagic Blacktip shark in open water. Pelagic blacktip shark in open water. Credit: Madelein_Wolf/Getty Images