Thresher Shark – Common green
Common thresher shark has a mild flavor. It is firm, dense, and meat-like in texture. Raw thresher shark is white to tan with a pink blood line.
The common thresher is the largest species of thresher shark, family Alopiidae, attaining a maximum known length of 18 feet. Almost half of that length consists of its long, scythe-like tail. The source for many a fanciful tale about this shark through history, its tail is employed by the thresher in a whip-like fashion to deliver incapacitating blows to its prey. The common thresher resembles and is often mistaken for the pelagic thresher (A. pelagicus), which also has a streamlined body, short pointed snout, and modestly sized eyes. It can be distinguished from the latter species by the white of its belly extending in a band over the bases of its pectoral fins.
Common thresher sharks are one of the most commonly harvested sharks off the U.S. West Coast. Today, most Pacific common thresher sharks are caught incidentally by fishermen targeting swordfish. Fishery management measures ensure sustainability of the shark fishery and reduce the likelihood of incidentally catching protected species. The U.S. is a leader in shark conservation, and NOAA Fisheries works to sustainably manage shark populations by conducting research, assessing stocks, working with U.S. fishermen, and implementing regulations.
May - January
Primary Product FormsH&G, Loins, Steaks
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