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Sharks

  • Spiny Dogfish, Skates, Smalltooth Sawfish—Oh My! - Aug 7: Sharks are widely recognized members of the group of fish called elasmobranchs, including other fauna swimming off the shores of the U.S. like dogfish, skates, rays, and sawfish. Credit: R. Dean Grubbs/Florida State University
  • Shark Fishing—Healthy Catch & Release - Aug 12: 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.
  • The Science Behind: A Shortfin Mako's Last Meal - Aug 6: 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: 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: 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: 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: Watch our new video—an ode to sharks and shark research.
  • New on FishWatch.gov—Blacktip Shark - Aug 2: 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, Atlantic blacktip shark.
  • Shark Facts—Bite Off More Than You Can Chew - Aug 2: You already know sharks are fascinating creatures, but did you know...
  • Shark Conservation in the U.S. and Abroad - Jul 15: 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: 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 - Mar 14: Countries voted to increase protection for five commercially-exploited species of sharks and manta rays. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.
  • Global Push for Shark and Ray Conservation - Feb 22: The United States is working with its global partners to advance important shark and ray conservation measures at this year's CITES meeting. Photo Credit: Brian Skerry.
  • New Proposal to Protect Oceanic Whitetip Sharks - Oct 9: The United States co-sponsors 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: 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: 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 @NOAALive with Shark Scientist - Aug 16: NOAA shark scientist Trey Driggers will answer questions live on Twitter this Thursday, August 16, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Trey conducts research on all kinds of sharks.
  • Circle Hooks: The Preferred Thresher Catcher? - Aug 15: 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—Cousins of the Shark - Aug 15: 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: 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: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
  • Dive into the Deep End of Shark Conservation - Aug 13: A closer look at how NOAA Fisheries works to conserve and manage shark populations domestically and internationally.
  • Shark Feature Stories - Aug 13: Can you tell shark myth from fact? Better check this list out.
  • Shark Tales—Adventures With A Shark Scientist - Aug 9: Ever wonder what it's like to study sharks for a living? NOAA Fisheries shark scientist Trey Driggers gives us details about his work.
  • Shark Conservation in Our Global Oceans - June 21: 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.
  • Meet a Megamouth Shark Specialist - April 4: 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 Class Selected - Mar 27: 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, Anglers Work to Stop Thresher Tailspin - Dec 6: 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.