Shark Identification Workshops




Since January 1, 2007, the National Marine Fisheries Service has required several HMS permit holders to attend workshops. We facilitate the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop for NOAA / National Marine Fisheries Service.
Workshop Objectives:
The objective of these workshops is to reduce the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks reported in the dealer reporting form, and to increase the accuracy of species-specific dealer reported information, quota monitoring, and the data used in stock assessments. These workshops will train shark dealer permit holders, or their proxies, and shark dealer permit applicants to properly identify Atlantic shark carcasses.
Who is Required to Attend?
Shark dealer permit holders must attend this workshop and obtain a workshop certificate prior to renewing their shark dealer permit. Shark dealers may send someone else ( i.e. , a proxy) to a workshop, instead of attending themselves. Applicants for a new or expired shark dealer permit must also attend a workshop and obtain a Shark Identification Workshop Certificate before the dealer permit will be issued.
When and Where are the Workshops?
The workshops currently scheduled are listed below.  Additional workshops will be held throughout 2010.  This site will be updated as more information becomes available.
February 11, 2010
Center for Coastal Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research
219 Fort Johnson Road
Charleston, SC 29412
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
March 24, 2010
Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
(Cruz A. Matos Sector EI Cinco Building Auditorium)
State Road 8838-km. 6. 3
Rio Piedras, PR 00936
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
How do I Sign Up for a Workshop?

Workshop pre-registration is highly recommended. Please call Eric Sander at(386) 852-8588 or email him at to pre-register.

To assist with Pre-Registration for workshops and to expedite receipt of your certification upon completion of the workshop, please fill out the applicable form below and either:
(1) Fax the completed form to (386) 756-1756
(2) Email the completed form as an attachment to
(3) Bring the completed form with you to the workshop

Shark Dealer Registration Form

PROXY Registration Form

What Should I Bring to the Workshop?
The following materials are necessary to generate workshop certificates and to ensure they are linked to the correct permit:
(1) Copy of the shark dealer permit
(2) Proof of Identification
Shark Dealer/Permit Holder:
(1) Copy of the shark dealer permit
(2) Proof of Identification
(3) Documentation from the permit holder acknowledge ing that the proxy is attending the workshop on behalf of the shark dealer
Workshops Fact Sheet
Where Can I Find Additional Information about these Workshops?