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Commercial Shark Fishery Observer Program

Species Composition of Catch

Species Composition By Region, 1994-2003
(ten most commonly caught species for each region shown)


South Atlantic
Genus species Common Name Total Sharks Caught *CPUE
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae Atlantic Sharpnose Shark 10,501 48.9
Carcharhinus plumbeus Sandbar Shark 4,091 19.1
Galeocerdo cuvier Tiger Shark 2,874 13.4
Carcharhinus limbatus Blacktip Shark 1,586 7.4
Carcharhinus acronotus Blacknose Shark 997 4.6
Ginglymostoma cirratum Nurse Shark 302 1.4
Carcharhinus obscurus Dusky Shark 170 0.8
Carcharhinus falciformis Silky Shark 199 0.9
Sphyrna lewini Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 224 1.0
Carcharhinus leucas Bull Shark 70 0.3



Eastern Gulf of Mexico
Genus species Common Name Total Sharks Caught *CPUE
Carcharhinus plumbeus Sandbar Shark 4,275 28.0
Carcharhinus limbatus Blacktip Shark 3,086 20.2
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae Atlantic Sharpnose Shark 2,124 13.9
Galeocerdo cuvier Tiger Shark 944 6.2
Ginglymostoma cirratum Nurse Shark 843 5.5
Carcharhinus acronotus Blacknose Shark 1,330 8.7
Carcharhinus leucas Bull Shark 564 3.7
Sphyrna lewini Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 413 2.7
Carcharhinus falciformis Silky Shark 282 1.8
Carcharhinus obscurus Dusky Shark 41 0.3



Mid-Atlantic Bight
Genus species Common Name Total Sharks Caught *CPUE
Carcharhinus plumbeus Sandbar Shark 11,420 62.2
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae Atlantic Sharpnose Shark 2,236 12.2
Galeocerdo cuvier Tiger Shark 1,788 9.7
Carcharhinus obscurus Dusky Shark 1,440 7.8
Carcharhinus limbatus Blacktip Shark 355 1.9
Sphyrna lewini Scalloped Hammerhead Shark 198 1.1
Carcharhinus falciformis Silky Shark 8 0.04
Carcharhinus leucas Bull Shark 45 0.2
Carcharhinus acronotus Blacknose Shark 38 0.2
Ginglymostoma cirratum Nurse Shark 7 0.04


*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.