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Pelagic (Open-ocean) Sharks

Pelagic (open-ocean) sharks caught off California include shortfin mako, common thresher, and blue sharks. All sharks are cartilaginous fish, meaning their skeletal structure is composed of cartilage rather than calcareous bone. Sharks are long-lived, take a long time to mature, and generally have very few offspring; thus conservation is very important in management of the fishery. Sharks are targeted for commercial and recreational purposes.

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Thresher shark. Photo by Ann Coleman, NOAA Fisheries, SWFSC.