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Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Atlantic Shark Management Measures
The purpose of Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is to end overfishing on, and rebuild the dusky shark stock. Draft Amendment 5 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (77 FR 73029) proposed measures were designed to reduce fishing mortality and effort in order to rebuild various overfished Atlantic shark species, including dusky sharks, while ensuring that a limited sustainable shark fishery for certain species could be maintained.
After reviewing all of the comments received on Draft Amendment 5, NMFS concluded that further analyses were needed for dusky shark measures and decided to do so in a separate FMP amendment, EIS, and proposed rule. The FMP amendment for non-dusky shark species (scalloped hammerhead, sandbar, blacknose, and Gulf of Mexico blacktip sharks) included in draft Amendment 5 was renamed Amendment 5a and was developed into a final rule and FEIS. The future FMP amendment for dusky sharks was renamed Amendment 5b.
This rulemaking would address the need to:
- End overfishing and achieve optimum yield for dusky sharks;
- Modify the current rebuilding plan for dusky sharks to ensure that fishing mortality levels for dusky sharks are maintained at or below levels that would result in a 70 percent probability of rebuilding in the timeframe recommended by the assessment.
Documents related to Amendment 5b are below.
Amendment 5b Predraft
- Predraft for Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP, March 2014 (entire document)
- Predraft Presentation, April 2014
For shark stock assessment information, please visit the Sharks page.