Shortfin Mako Shark is the most popular species of shark to eat. In the United States, they are mainly harvested as bycatch in longline fisheries, however there is a small drift gillnet fishery off the coast of California. Mako Sharks are aggressive top predators. They feed on squid and fish including swordfish, tuna and other sharks.
Mako Shark tastes similar to swordfish, but their skin feels more like sandpaper. The flesh is moist and slightly sweet with a full-bodied, meaty taste. It is very high in protein and low in fat.
Makos are one of the few edible shark species out there. The United States is a leader in shark conservation, and NOAA Fisheries works to sustainably manage shark populations by conducting research, assessing stocks, working with fishermen, and implementing regulations.