Date of Award

Fall 2005

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies


Coastal and Marine Systems Science


College of Science

First Advisor

Daniel C. Abel

Second Advisor

Mary Crowe

Third Advisor

Keith R. Walters

Additional Advisors

Dennis M. Allen


Several Atlantic shark populations have experienced substantial declines since the early 1970s (NMFS 1993, Baum et al. 2003). The re-authorized Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSFCMA) emphasizes the importance of understanding the life history and habitat requirements of vulnerable highly migratory species, including sharks, and provides a framework for fishery management plans (FMPs) that effectively tailor management policies towards species requirements (NMFS, 1996). The objectives of the present study, (1) to examine habitat partitioning of multiple shark species utilizing North Inlet during an entire nursery season and (2) to understand the effects of subtidal creek size and tidal phase on habitat selection by sharks in a potential nursery, are both consistent with the research priorities of the MSFCMA and important for management-based shark conservation.