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Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update from January 1 – May 13, 2014

Posted May 15, 2014

Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update from January 1 - May 13, 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 May 13, 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)

151.2 mt dw

(333,275 lb dw)

55%

277.8 mt dw

(612,546 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

151.2 mt dw

(333,828 lb dw)

124.0 mt dw

(273,366 lb dw)

82%

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw

(55,722 lb dw)

10.7 mt dw

(23,680 lb dw)

42%

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

(Opens June 1, 2014)

168.9 mt dw

(372,552 lb dw)

0.1 mt dw

(326 lb dw)

< 1%

57.7 mt dw

(127,289 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw

(59,736 lb dw)

0.1 mt dw

(22 lb dw)

< 1%

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

No regional quotas

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

3.5 mt dw

(7,635 lb dw)

7%

4.5 mt dw

(9,972 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw

(257,056 lb dw)

14.1 mt dw

(31,104 lb dw)

12%

8.2 mt dw

(18,009 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

68.3 mt dw

(150,476 lb dw)

3.6 mt dw

(7,952 lb dw)

5%

26.9 mt dw

(59,376 lb dw)

Atlantic

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

59.0 mt dw

(129,975 lb dw)

22%

Blacknose Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

1.8 mt dw

(4,076 lb dw)

0.7 mt dw

(1,471 lb dw)

36%

6.8 mt dw

(14,966 lb dw)

Atlantic

17.5 mt dw

(38,638 lb dw)

3.6 mt dw

(7,998 lb dw)

21%

Blue Sharks

No regional quotas

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

7.5 mt dw

(16,542 lb dw)

3%

4.1 mt dw

(9,062 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

1.2 mt dw

(2,820 lb dw)

0.1 mt dw

(248 lb dw)

9%

Closed for 2013

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488 mt dw

(1,075,856 lb dw)

82.5 mt dw

(181,939 lb dw)

17%

40.2 mt dw

(88,558 lb dw)

 

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 Guý DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  The information will also be posted on the HMS website at:  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/news/news_list/index.html.

 

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