White sharks were designated as prohibited species in federal waters in the Atlantic in 1997. In the past decade, increases in white shark sightings and catch records in the broader Northwest Atlantic have increased, which suggests some level of population recovery, but stock status remains uncertain. The increased presence of white sharks off of Cape Cod has been tied to increases in seal populations. While increases in the local abundance of both seals and sharks are considered a conservation success story, conflicts related to seal and shark populations, threaten continued conservation of both species.


Seal recovery