It is now commonly accepted that shark populations globally are experiencing varying levels of decline due to various anthropogenic impacts. Florida and the Caribbean are ideal locations to conduct research on the status of temperate and tropical elasmobranch species, largely due the high species diversity and relative abundance. These waters also provide extensive habitat for coastal and semi-pelagic sharks to use are birthing, nursing, and juvenile feeding grounds. Moreover, Florida’s connectivity to the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Atlantic Ocean provides various migratory gateways for larger adults. Despite its biological importance, these areas indeed host numerous, growing threats from recreational and commercial fisheries. Much is still to be learned on the life histories, movements, and distribution of predators in this region, while determining which populations and species require heightened conservation attention. Therefore, this work aims to quantify the diversity and richness of species in these areas, while providing a comprehensive evaluation of the impacts from fishing, habitat degradation, and resource loss facing these populations and their habitats.