Atlantic Sharpnose

Atlantic Sharpnose

Rhizoprionodon terraenovae

Life History

Description and Diagnostic Characteristics: Dorsal surfaces brownish-gray with scattered white spots in adults, white below; dorsal and caudal fins black-edged in juveniles. Second dorsal fin originating over or behind midpoint of anal fin. Mouth with long labial furrows around corners, not interdorsal ridge.

Size: Small shark of usually less than 4 feet.

Age at Maturity: Males: between 2 and 2.4 years of age; Females: between 33.5-35.5 inches

Range: New Jersey to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, will also stray as far north as New Brunswick, Canada

Habitat: Sticks to coastal waters but has been found at depths of around 920 ft. Often close to surf zone or in enclosed bays, sounds harbors, marine to brackish estuaries.

Angling Information

Bait and Tackle: Small live or dead baitfish or cut bait on light tackle with a wire leader.

Fishing Method: Still fishing, drifting

Food Value: Very good

State Regulation

Daily Limit: 1 (This is 1 fish limit from the small shark composite (SSC) which includes Atlantic sharpnose, Bonnethead, and Spiny dogfish)

Minimum size: 30″ FL

Federal Regulation

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