Easily identified from other grey sharks by a black or dusky spot beneath the snout tip, the blacknose shark has an unusually fast growth rate. Blacknose sharks reach maturity in just two years and produce three to six young at a time.
Currently, blacknose sharks are not listed on IUCN’s Red List. In the U.S. they are caught in a commercial fishery, fished as game fish and are susceptible to bycatch. Bycatch of blacknose sharks in the shrimp trawl fishery exceeds the mortality from the directed fishery.
Oceana is working to reduce the bycatch of blacknose sharks. By reducing the commercial catch of the blacknose shark and the bycatch in the shrimp trawl fishery and in other shark fisheries, Oceana hopes to improve the current status of the blacknose shark population.