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Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program

Species Composition of Catch

Species Composition, All Regions, 1994-2003


Large and Small Coastal Sharks
Genus species Common Name Total Sharks Caught *CPUE
Carcharhinus plumbeus Sandbar Shark 19,784 35.9
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae Atlantic Sharpnose Shark 14,861 27.0
Galeocerdo cuvier Tiger Shark 5,580 10.1
Carcharhinus limbatus Blacktip Shark 5,027 9.1
Carcharhinus obscurus Dusky Shark 1,650 3.0
Carcharhinus acronotus Blacknose Shark 2,365 4.3
Ginglymostoma cirratum Nurse Shark 1,152 2.1
Sphyrna lewini Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 835 1.5
Carcharhinus leucas Bull Shark 679 1.2
Carcharhinus falciformis Silky Shark 470 0.8
Sphyrna mokarran Great Hammerhead Shark 390 0.7
Carcharhinus brevipinna Spinner Shark 567 1.0
Negaprion brevirostris Lemon Shark 371 0.7
Carcharias taurus Sandtiger Shark 368 0.7
Sphryna tiburo Bonnethead Shark 67 0.1
Carcharhinus signatus Night Shark 49 0.1
Carcharhinus altimus Bignose Shark 29 0.1
Carcharhinus perezi Caribbean Reef Shark 19 0.0
Carcharodon carcharias Great White Shark 16 0.0
Sphryna zygaena Smooth Hammerhead Shark 6 0.0
Carcharhinus isodon Finetooth Shark 9 0.0
Carcharhinus galapagensis Galapagos Shark 2 0.0
Squatina dumerili Atlantic Angel Shark 1 0.0


*CPUE (catch per unit effort) is the number of shark caught per 10,000 hook hours. One "hook hour"=one hook fishing for one hour.



Non-Targeted Pelagic Sharks
Genus species Common Name Total Sharks Caught
Isurus oxyrinchus Shortfin Mako Shark 9
Alopias vulpinus Common Thresher Shark 9
Alopias superciliosus Bigeye Thresher Shark 6
Heptranchias perlo Sevengill Shark 2
Prionace glauca Blue Shark 9
Hexanchus vitulus Bigeye Sixgill Shark 3
Hexanchus griseus Sixgill Shark 8



Non-Targeted Dogfish Sharks
Genus species Common Name Total Sharks Caught
Mustelus canis Smooth Dogfish 643
Mustelus sp. Unidentified Smoothhounds 21
Squalus acanthias Spiny Dogfish 6
Cirrhigaleus asper Roughskin Spiny Dogfish 6
Mustelus norrisi Florida Smoothhound 39