are a valuable part of marine ecosystems and NOAA Fisheries
is committed to conserving shark populations.
Most sharks are vulnerable to overfishing because they
are long-lived, take many years to mature, and only
have a few young at a time. Recovery from overfishing
can take years or decades for many shark species. Therefore,
sharks need conservation and NOAA Fisheries is conducting
research, implementing restrictions and working with
fisherman domestically, and pursuing international conservation.
These steps will ensure that those shark populations
that are healthy remain so and those shark populations
that are overfished recover.
The Ocean, Not A Swimming Pool