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Sharpen Your Shark Facts

Celebrate 30 years of federal Atlantic shark fisheries management with new fin-tastic shark facts each week this summer!
July 13, 2023 - Feature Story ,
Close-up of Great White Shark

Celebrate Winter With Four New Paper Snowflake Templates

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year with our adorable Woods Hole Science Aquarium paper snowflakes! Enjoy four new designs inspired by a few of our aquarium residents: Atlantic cod, chain dogfish, common spider crab, and diamondback terrapin.
December 12, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Collage of Atlantic cod, chain dogfish egg case, common spider crab, diamondback terrapin, medium blue on a dark blue background. “Paper Snowflake Templates.” NOAA Fisheries logo.

Cooperative Research Branch Fall Gulf of Maine Bottom Longline Surveys Completed

This hook-based fishery survey is conducted alongside fishing industry collaborators every fall and spring. Focusing on rocky habitat in the southern Gulf of Maine, the survey informs questions of abundance and distribution of species that live there.
January 04, 2022 - Feature Story ,
all fishing gear buoys onboard a vessel are silhouetted against textured sky and colored sunset Highflyers, part of the fishing gear, are stored onboard in between fishing efforts. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Dave McElroy

2021 Spring Gulf of Maine Cooperative Bottom Longline Survey Concludes

Over the course of three weeks in April and May, two vessels sampled 45 stations in the central Gulf of Maine.
July 13, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A close-up of researchers dropping an otolith into the small, paper, bar-coded envelopes used to store them.

Spiny Dogfish Eat Atlantic Cod: DNA May Provide Some Answers

As dogfish populations recover from overfishing, questions remain about how much Atlantic cod they are eating and its impact on the struggling cod population. Innovative genetic techniques help shed some light on the situation.
November 16, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Spiny dogfish are a small species of shark.  Spiny dogfish have little consumer demand in the U.S. They are a major seafood export to Europe, where they are commonly used as the fish in "fish and chips".

Seriously Useful Seafood Tips: Fish and Other Wild-Caught Seafood

Those committed to making our nation’s seafood sustainable will likely have an amazing fount of knowledge on how to cook it. Seven of our region’s stakeholders and industry partners share their best seafood tips for the home consumer.
October 28, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Northeast Fisheries Science Center fish and wild caught seafood stakeholders and industry partners graphic

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 ,

Gulf of Maine Longline Surveys Target Species in Rocky Habitats

Each spring and fall, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center conducts a bottom trawl survey in federal waters from Cape Hatteras to the Canadian border. Some areas, like the rocky bottom habitats in the Gulf of Maine, require a special approach.
February 18, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Large halibut being examined by scientist.

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

Atlantic Spiny Dogfish Benefits from Sustainable Shark Management

Atlantic spiny dogfish are small sharks with a long and complex history in U.S. waters.
August 01, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Gray and white spiny dogfish with white spots swimming along ocean floor and away from camera.