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Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update from January 1 – June 18, 2014

Posted June 20, 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 June 18, 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)

200.8 mt dw

(442,689 lb dw)

Closed2

73%

325.9 mt dw

(718,466 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

151.2 mt dw

(333,828 lb dw)

152.2 mt dw

(335,513 lb dw)

Closed1

101%

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw

(55,722 lb dw)

13.9 mt dw

(30,754 lb dw)

Closed1

55%

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

(Opens June 1, 2014)

168.9 mt dw

(372,552 lb dw)

16.7 mt dw

(36,818 lb dw)

10%

77.9 mt dw

(171,690 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw

(59,736 lb dw)

0.6 mt dw

(1,392 lb dw)

2%

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

No regional quotas

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

7.6 mt dw

(16,766 lb dw)

15%

10.8 mt dw

(23,766 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw

(257,056 lb dw)

22.7 mt dw

(49,961 lb dw)

19%

23.8 mt dw

(52,404 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

68.3 mt dw

(150,476 lb dw)

17.2 mt dw

(37,999 lb dw)

25%

61.2 mt dw

(134,876 lb dw)

Atlantic

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

75.1 mt dw

(165,510 lb dw)

28%

Blacknose Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

1.8 mt dw

(4,076 lb dw)

0.8 mt dw

(1,695 lb dw)

42%

8.7 mt dw

(19,235 lb dw)

Atlantic

17.5 mt dw

(38,638 lb dw)

10.9 mt dw

(24,008 lb dw)

62%

Blue Sharks

No regional quotas

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

7.8 mt dw

(17,103 lb dw)

3%

4.2 mt dw

(9,171 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)

94.7 mt dw

(208,814 lb dw)

19%

50.1 mt dw

(110,443 lb dw)

1 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on May 20, 2014 (79 FR 28849).

2 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on June 2, 2014 (79 FR 31227).

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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