The Pacific Shark Research Center (PSRC) at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), Moss Landing, California is the west coast branch of the National Shark Research Consortium (NSRC). The NSRC is a coalition of four major shark research organizations working in cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The other three research centers are Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research, the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Shark Research Program.


The PSRC at MLML conducts both basic and applied scientific research on the biology of Pacific Ocean chondrichthyans, serves as a resource center for scientific information on sharks to public policy makers, and participates in collaborative research on national and international issues involving shark, ray, and chimaera biology. This program is designed to address major gaps in our understanding of the life history, stock structure, essential habitat, and fishery biology of commercially and recreationally important species of chondrichthyan fishes.

The PSRC works with the NMFS and state agencies to provide the scientific expertise that will help to better monitor and manage shark and ray fisheries along the west coast. The PSRC’s research priorities include life history studies (age, growth, reproduction, demography), population structure and dynamics, fishery-related studies and systematics of cartilaginous fishes. The PSRC emphasizes collaborative research with colleagues committed to the highest levels of achievement and excellence. Current PSRC research includes collaborative efforts with Pacific Coast Institutions in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Baja California.

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Recent Publications

New Species Described:

Etmopterus sculptus

Named after the sculpted appearance of its linear denticles

Pristiophorus nancyae

Named in honor of Nancy Packard Burnett