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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - October 15, 2014

October 22, 2014

Below are the preliminary landings estimates in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) dressed weight (dw) for the Atlantic shark commercial fisheries; 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.  These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through October 15, 2014.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2014 shark research fishery participants. 

Management Groups

Region

2014

Quota

Estimated Landings in 2014

% of 2014 Quota

2013

Landings During The Same Time Period

Blacktip Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

274.3 mt dw 
(604,626 lb dw)
 

202.3 mt dw
(446,024 lb dw)
Closed 1

74%

238.9 mt dw
(526,774 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

151.2 mt dw
(333,828 lb dw)

153.7 mt dw
(338,923 lb dw)
Closed 2

102%

163.7 mt dw
(360,923 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

14.4 mt dw
(31,733 lb dw)
Closed 2

57%

10.5 mt dw
(23,212 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

168.9 mt dw
(372,552 lb dw)

101.6 mt dw
(224,098 lb dw)

60%

147.9 mt dw
(325,996 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736 lb dw)

6.0 mt dw
(13,223 lb dw)

22%

13.4 mt dw
(29,454 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

No regional quotas

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

14.3 mt dw
(31,543 lb dw)

29%

10.9 mt dw
(24,008 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw
(257,056 lb dw)

37.5 mt dw
(82,737 lb dw)

32%

27.9 mt dw
(61,525 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

68.3 mt dw
(150,476 lb dw)

66.8 mt dw
(147,366 lb dw)
Closed 3

98%

73.8 mt dw
(162,613 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

1.4 mt dw
(3,149 lb dw)
Closed 3

77%

0.7 mt dw
(1,574 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

103.1 mt dw
(227,202 lb dw)
Closed 4

39%

101.7mt dw
(224,146 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

17.4 mt dw
(38,437 lb dw)
Closed 4

99%

15.1 mt dw
(33,276 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

No regional quotas

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

7.8 mt dw
(17,157 lb dw)

3%

4.4 mt dw
(9,767 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

1.2 mt dw
(2,820 lb dw)

0.5 mt dw
(1,035 lb dw)

37%

Closed for 2013

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488 mt dw
(1,075,856 lb dw)

126.7 mt dw
(279,276 lb dw)

26%

86.6 mt dw
(190,902 lb dw)

1 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on June 2, 2014 (79 FR 31227)
2 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on May 20, 2014 (79 FR 28849)
3 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on September 9, 2014 (79 FR 53344)
4 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on July 28, 2014 (79 FR 43267)

This notice is a courtesy to the HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  For further information on this landings update or the closure, contact Karyl Brewster-Geisz or GuĂ˝ DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  

 

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