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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - November 14, 2014

November 21, 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 November 14, 2014.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2014 shark research fishery participants. 

Region

Management Groups

2014
Quota

Estimated Landings in 2014

% of 2014 Quota

2013
Landings During The Same Time Period

Gulf of Mexico

Blacktip Sharks

274.3 mt dw
(604,626 lb dw)

200.9 mt dw
(442,882 lb dw)
Closed 1

74%

239.4 mt dw
(527,824 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

151.2 mt dw
(333,828 lb dw)

152.7 mt dw
(336,631 lb dw)
Closed 2

101%

163.7 mt dw
(360,806 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

13.8 mt dw
(30,447 lb dw)
Closed 2

55%

10.5 mt dw
(23,212 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

68.3 mt dw
(150,476 lb dw)

72.8 mt dw
(160,573 lb dw)
Closed 3

107%4

88.0 mt dw
(193,942 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

1.4 mt dw
(3,160 lb dw)
Closed 3

78%

0.7 mt dw
(1,574 lb dw)

Atlantic

 

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

168.9 mt dw
(372,552 lb dw)

135.0 mt dw
(297,722 lb dw)

80%

154.6 mt dw
(340,839 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw

(59,736 lb dw)

10.1 mt dw

(22,200 lb dw)

37%

13.4 mt dw

(29,454 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

103.5 mt dw
(228,132 lb dw)
Closed 5

39%

102.5 mt dw
(226,051 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

17.4 mt dw
(38,437 lb dw)
Closed 5

99%

15.1 mt dw
(33,382 lb dw)

No regional quotas

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

16.6 mt dw
(36,626 lb dw)

33%

 12.2 mt dw

(26,912 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw

(257,056 lb dw)

41.8 mt dw

(92,211 lb dw)

36%

32.3 mt dw
(71,203 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

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)

0.7 mt dw
(1,539 lb dw)

55%

Closed for 2013

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

134.1 mt dw
(295,561 lb dw)

27%

97.8 mt dw
(215,594 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 Gulf of Mexico non-blacknose SCS overharvest due to landings by state-water fishermen fishing in state-waters after the federal closure
5 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 closures, contact Karyl Brewster-Geisz or GuĂ˝ DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  

 

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