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Live Shortfin Mako Releases

Having healthy populations of shortfin mako and other sharks in the North Atlantic Ocean is important to recreational and commercial fishermen, and to maintain a balanced ocean ecosystem. Keeping shark populations healthy is the responsibility of everyone out on the water that catches shortfin mako or other sharks. Strong recreational and commercial fisheries rely on thriving fish populations. If shortfin mako sharks become overfished, regulations, such as those in place for other species of sharks, may be necessary to limit the commercial and recreational fishing in order for the population to recover. Releasing a shortfin mako today may help keep the population and fishery strong for years to come.

Click on the points to learn more about shortfin mako shark catch and release locations. Submit your shortfin mako shark information below and become a part of the map.


Thank you for releasing a shortfin mako shark. Please support our efforts by submitting the details of your catch below, and put your mako on the map. The information on this form, except for email address, will be publicly available on the NOAA Fisheries website and Google Earth.

Shortfin Mako Shark Catch and Release Data Form
Catch/Release Date: (mm/dd/yyyy)
Location: ° ' " N Latitude
  ° ' " W Longitude
Was shark tagged?: No Yes
Tag Number:
Fork Length: Ft In
Measurement Is: Estimate
Shark's Gender: Male Female Unknown
Angler's Name:
Angler's Email:
OMB No. 0648-0628   Exp. 05/31/2017


You can obtain tags by contacting the Apex Predators Program at the NOAA Fisheries Narragansett Laboratory.