The Center for Shark Research (CSR) is an international center for laboratory and field research, scientific collaboration, consulting, education, and public information on sharks and their relatives, the skates and rays. The CSR research mission includes basic and applied studies of all aspects of shark biology, from anatomy and physiology to ecology and fisheries science. CSR scientists investigate the various biological adaptations of sharks to their marine environment, with an emphasis on the role of sharks as an important marine resource. Included within the CSR is the Mote Marine Laboratory Biomedical Research Program, which concentrates on sharks and skates as laboratory models for studies of disease-resistance.
Designated by the U.S. Congress in 1991 as a national research center, the CSR conducts cooperative research with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and other organizations.