Information Hub - Identification Guidelines


This guide is meant to illustrate and provide a tool for the identification of all known species of wedgefises and giant guitarfishes. The inability to adequately identify wedgefishes and giant guitarfishes has been a widespread and common problem for fisheries managers with catches of these species often going unmonitored.

Author(s): Rima W. Jabado

This guide is intended to assist fishery observers in the visual identification of the giant manta ray and several devil ray species that occur in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic.

Author(s): NOOA Fisheries
Effective enforcement and monitoring of international trade will be enhanced through the ability to easily distinguish between the gill plates of the mobula rays and those of manta rays. This guide is intended to help enforcement and customs personal in the provisional identification of manta rays and manta gill plates. 
Author(s): Guy Stevens

An infographic on sharks prohibited for fisheries, specifically in the US Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Author(s): NOAA Fisheries

This field guide has been designed to assist in identification of shark fins, based on morphological characteristics of the fin (i.e. fin color, distinct markings, fin shape) to be used by wildlife inspectors, customs personnel, researchers and fishers to provisionally identify detached, dried, unprocessed dorsal and pectoral fins from Large Coastal Sharks (LCS) and Pelagic Sharks that are common in the U.S.

Author(s): Debra L. Abercrombie, Demian D. Chapman, Simon J.B. Gulak, John K. Carlson

An infrographic to be used as a Shark Identification Guide for all shark species that may be retained in US Federal waters.

Author(s): NOOA

A guide focusing on sharks of the Arabian Seas, and aiming to help officials in fisheries and customs enforce and implement the necessary protection of sharks and rays.

Author(s): Rima W. Jabado, David A. Ebert