Researchers studying East Coast sharks

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Sandbar, dusky and tiger sharks are among dozens of shark species living in the coastal waters off the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S.. Little is known about many of the species, but a survey begun nearly 25 years ago is helping scientists and fishery resource managers to monitor shark populations and their role in marine ecosystems.

NOAA scientists in the Apex Predators Program at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center's  lab in Narragansett, R.I. recently conducted their ninth coastal shark survey from Florida to Delaware, the longest independent survey of large coastal sharks in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean.

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