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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - July 16, 2014

July 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 July 16, 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)
 

200.9 mt dw
(442,799 lb dw)
Closed 2

73%

231.3 mt dw
(509,984 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

151.2 mt dw
(333,828 lb dw)

152.7 mt dw
(336,551 lb dw)
Closed 1

101%

147.6 mt dw
(325,476 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

14.0 mt dw
(30,933 lb dw)
Closed 1

56%

10.1 mt dw
(22,156 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

168.9 mt dw
(372,552 lb dw)

35.0 mt dw
(77,262 lb dw)

21%

88.1 mt dw
(194,327 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736 lb dw)

1.4 mt dw
(3,106 lb dw)

5%

8.4 mt dw
(18,523 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

No regional quotas

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

9.1 mt dw
(20,008 lb dw)

18%

10.7 mt dw
(23,582 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw
(257,056 lb dw)

27.2 mt dw
(60,029 lb dw)

23%

27.2 mt dw
(59,884 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

68.3 mt dw
(150,476 lb dw)

32.1 mt dw
(70,677 lb dw)

47%

36.8 mt dw
(81,062 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

0.8 mt dw
(1,709 lb dw)

42%

0.6 mt dw
(1,411 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

85.2 mt dw
(187,755 lb dw)

32%

53.5 mt dw
(117,985 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

13.7 mt dw
(30,160 lb dw)

78%

10.8 mt dw
(23,784 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

No regional quotas

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

7.8 mt dw
(17,103 lb dw)

3%

4.5 mt dw
(9,885 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)

101.5 mt dw
(223,837 lb dw)

21%

55.5 mt dw
(122,342 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 GuĂ˝ 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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