According to the IUCN, the Caribbean reef shark is "Near Threatened". This is due to the overfishing of these sharks, specifically off San Andres, Colombia and Northern Brazil. They are typically used for food, leather, and oil. Bycatch is another threat to these sharks from commercial longline fisheries. However, it is currently prohibited to capture these sharks by fishers in U.S. waters. Not a lot of information has been collected on this species, but there are current population studies being conducted in Belize, Cuba, and Brazil. These sharks are important to both ecologically and economically. Not only are they an important part of the reef ecosystems but they also play a role in the ecotourism along the Caribbean.
|Carcharhinus perezii at Looe Key|