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Celebrate Shark Week with NOAA Fisheries!

Sharks 365
The Expert Is In
#sharkweek

Read the stories below to learn more about the shark science and conservation work that we conduct 365 days a year.

  • #SharkChat on Twitter with NOAA Scientist Tobey Curtis

    Aug 11, 2014: Sharks are among the ocean’s top predators and vital to the natural balance of marine ecosystems. What are you wondering about sharks? Now's the time to ask a shark scientist! Join us for a #SharkChat with NOAA biologist, Tobey Curtis.

  • The Expert Is In

    Aug 9, 2014: You've got questions about sharks? Well, our shark experts have answers! Watch these short videos to see NOAA Fisheries scientists, Trey Driggers and John Carlson, answer your questions about sharks.

  • On Sharks and the Limitations of Human Memory

    Aug 9, 2014: An incisive account of how our knowledge of sharks has grown, from Aristotle to the present day, wins a Best Paper Award from the Marine Fisheries Review.

  • White Shark Recovery

    Aug 7, 2014: Research reveals that Atlantic white sharks—which were hunted indiscriminately for almost two decades following the release of the movie Jaws—have slowly been making a comeback.

  • U.S. Leads the Way in Shark Conservation

    Aug 3, 2014: A closer look at NOAA's role in shark conservation, management, and policy.

  • Working Toward Sustainable Trade

    Jan 27, 2014: Latin American and Caribbean nations gathered in Brazil to participate in a regional workshop focused on implementing new international shark conservation measures.

  • 2013 ICCAT Meeting Concludes

    Nov 26, 2013: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) concluded its annual meeting after adopting several new measures that will support the sustainable management of key species including sharks..

  • Shark Fishing—Healthy Catch & Release

    Aug 12, 2013: Many recreational anglers and tournaments are moving toward the practice of catch and release. Learn about best fishing practices and tackle that help to improve survival rates and the healthy release of sharks back into our oceans.

  • Hooked on Sharks

    Aug 10, 2013: Can a special type of hook called a circle hook help vulnerable shark populations to recover? Scientists and fishermen team up to find out.

  • Scientists, Fishermen Unite to Record Shark Data

    Aug 9, 2013: NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center began collecting data from shark recreational tournaments in 1961. Since then, this has helped scientists work with local fisherman to combine recreational fishing with important shark research.

  • Missed the #SharkWeekChat? Read Our Recap

    Aug 9, 2013: Did you miss the 2013 #SharkWeekChat with our two shark experts? Get caught up!

  • Shattering Shark Myths

    Aug 8, 2013: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out!

  • Spiny Dogfish, Skates, Smalltooth Sawfish—Oh My!

    Aug 7, 2013: Sharks are widely recognized members of the group of fish called elasmobranchs, including other fauna swimming off the shores of the U.S. like skates, rays, and sawfish. 

  • The Science Behind: A Shortfin Mako's Last Meal

    Aug 6, 2013: Peer into a shark's stomach along with a NOAA Fisheries scientist and see what was on the menu for its last meal.

  • The Science Behind: Ageing a Shark

    Aug 6, 2013: What does ageing the backbone of a shark entail? Catch NOAA Fisheries shark scientist, Lisa Natanson, in action.

  • 50 Years of Shark Research...and Counting

    Aug 6, 2013: The Apex Predators turns 50 this year. Coastal surveys and cooperative tagging programs by federal fisheries scientists have contributed significantly to current knowledge of many shark species.

  • Meet Our Sharktastic Scientists

    Aug 5, 2013: When it comes to shark science, we have some of the top expertise in the country. From coast to coast, more than 40 scientists conduct research to support the conservation and management of 44 shark species in the Atlantic and Pacific.

  • A Symphony of Sharks

    Aug 3, 2013: To celebrate Shark Week 2013, NOAA Fisheries presents an ode to sharks and our shark science. This video spotlights a wide range of shark species, as well as the research that we conduct.

  • New on FishWatch.gov — Atlantic Blacktip Shark

    Aug 2, 2013: FishWatch provides easy-to-understand, science-based facts to help you make smart, sustainable seafood choices. Explore all our species profiles, including the newest addition, the Atlantic blacktip shark.

  • Shark Facts—Bite Off More Than You Can Chew!

    Aug 2, 2013: You already know sharks are fascinating creatures, but did you know....

  • Shark Conservation in the U.S. and Abroad

    Jul 15, 2013: A closer look at how NOAA Fisheries is leading the way in the conservation and management of shark populations domestically and internationally.

  • There's a Shortfin Mako Shark App for That

    Jun 13, 2013: Mobile technology helps track the catch and release of sharks. Now available for iPhone and iPad, NOAA Fisheries’ "Release Mako" app lets you report live releases of Atlantic shortfin mako sharks while you’re still out on the water.

  • Sharks Win Protection at CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species)

    Mar 14, 2013: Countries voted to increase protection for five commercially-exploited species of sharks and manta rays. 

  • Global Push for Shark and Ray Conservation

    Feb 22, 2013: The U.S. is working with its global partners to advance important shark and ray conservation measures at this year's CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting. 

  • New Proposal to Protect Oceanic Whitetip Sharks

    Oct 9, 2012: The U.S. co-sponsored a proposal to add oceanic whitetip sharks to Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

  • The Science Behind What Sharks Eat

    Sept 14, 2012: Scientists examine the stomach contents of shortfin mako, blue, and common thresher sharks to identify differences in foraging preferences across species and better understand impacts of environmental conditions based on these differences.

  • "Teacher at Sea" Studies the Science Behind Sharks

    Sept 11, 2012: Teacher at Sea, Steven Frantz, shares highlights of his scientific cruise studying sharks and snappers on the 300th research mission of NOAA Ship Oregon II.

  • Twitter "SharkChat" with Shark Scientist

    Aug 16, 2012: NOAA shark scientist, Trey Driggers, answer questions via Twitter about his wide-ranging work in the world of shark science. 

  • Circle Hooks: The Preferred Thresher Catcher?

    Aug 15, 2012: NOAA scientists, anglers, and other institutions observe how thresher sharks are caught and released in Southern California—the key to long term conservation of the common thresher shark.

  • Sawfish—Cousin of the Shark

    Aug 15, 2012: Sawfish have skeletons made of cartilage and shark-like bodies and gills. But during the past decade, these creatures have faced dramatic decline due to habitat loss and capture in fisheries.

  • Shark Conservation in Our Global Oceans

    Aug 14, 2012: Through international cooperation and state-of-the art technology, NOAA Fisheries is conducting joint research with Uruguay's fisheries agency that is critical to inform international conservation and management decisions for pelagic sharks.

  • Shark Mythbusters

    Aug 13, 2012: Check out these mythbusters and learn fact from fiction!

  • Tales from the Shark Files Stories

    Aug 13, 2012: Learn about NOAA Fisheries wide-ranging work to protect and manage sharks.

  • Shark Tales—Adventures With A Shark Scientist

    Aug 9, 2012: Ever wonder what it's like to study sharks for a living? NOAA Fisheries shark, scientist Trey Driggers, gives us the scoop on his work.

  • Meet a Megamouth Shark Specialist

    April 4, 2012: Meet Dr. Jose Castro, a NOAA scientist recently invited to help dissect a rare megamouth shark currently on display at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan. Megamouths are one of the most elusive shark species on the planet.

  • 2012 "Teacher at Sea" Selected to Participate in Shark Survey

    Mar 27, 2012: As the 2012 NOAA Teacher at Sea season begins, sample what's ahead through alumni Jennifer Daftari, a 5th grade teacher in Oklahoma. She reflects on surveying sharks in the Gulf of Mexico and how her research positively impacted her students.

  • Scientists and Anglers Work Together to Stop Thresher Tailspin

    Dec 6, 2011: The Southern California coast is hot spot for the thresher shark, a recreational fishing favorite. Now, anglers and scientists are working to save this species using better methods to reel them in.