Atlantic HMS Tournament Outreach
NOAA Fisheries provides educational outreach materials to registered Atlantic HMS tournaments upon request. Outreach may be requested during registration or by contacting the HMS Management Division.
All tournaments that request outreach materials will receive:
In addition, shark tournaments will receive:
Shark Identification Placard
This identification guide is intended for recreational fishing, is printed on waterproof paper, and includes shortfin mako, porbeagle, blue, oceanic whitetip, tiger, thresher, nurse, lemon, blacktip, spinner, bull, finetooth, blacknose, sharpnose, smooth dogfish, spiny dogfish, bonnethead, scalloped hammerhead, great hammerhead, and smooth hammerhead sharks. The guide includes diagrams for identification as well as an illustration of where the interdorsal ridge is located to identify “ridgeback” and “non-ridgeback” sharks.
Shortfin Mako App and Identification Card
Because shortfin mako sharks are experiencing overfishing, NOAA Fisheries encourages fishermen to release them alive and has developed a free App that fishermen can use on their iPhones and Android phones to report live releases of shortfin makos. The app includes an interactive map that lets you view all of the reported releases in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. Fishermen can also report mako shark releases on the mako shark website. This postcard gives recommendations and tips for the live release of shortfin makos, as well as a description of how to identify them
These materials are available online or through Sea Grant (click the images or links for details):