Currently, not enough is known about Atlantic humpback dolphin populations to determine threats to this species.
While Sousa teuszii must compete for food with humans, and occasionally get stuck in fish nets, they are a quintessential example of co-operative living among humans and animals. As stated earlier, the Atlantic humpback dolphin herds fish towards shorelines. This is beneficial to humans who wish to catch fish. A level of co-operation has developed in Mauritania where fisherman beat upon the water with sticks. Dolphins cue to this signal and begin their herding process. Fisherman are then able to capture the herded fish. While the fish are in the nets the dolphins are able to eat freely. This co-operative feeding is an example of how animals may be thought of as a partner to humans; a manner of thinking which, if accepted by more people, may lead to the conservation of many more species. (Evans 1987, Nowak 1997, Simmonds 1996)
IUCN Red List: Data Deficient
US Federal List: No special status
CITES: Appendix I