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

August 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 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%

162.7 mt dw
(358,620 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

13.8 mt dw
(30,477 lb dw)
Closed 1

55%

10.1 mt dw
(22,156 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

168.9 mt dw
(372,552 lb dw)

56.7 mt dw
(124,931 lb dw)

34%

107.8 mt dw
(237,695 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736 lb dw)

3.3 mt dw
(7,381 lb dw)

12%

8.9 mt dw
(19,613 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

No regional quotas

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

9.9 mt dw
(21,752 lb dw)

20%

9.2 mt dw
(20,331 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw
(257,056 lb dw)

30.1 mt dw
(66,265 lb dw)

26%

23.2 mt dw
(51,089 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

68.3 mt dw
(150,476 lb dw)

44.4 mt dw
(97,960 lb dw)

65%

53.0 mt dw
(116,819 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

0.8 mt dw
(1,724 lb dw)

42%

0.7 mt dw
(1,565 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

100.7 mt dw
(222,010 lb dw)
Closed 3

38%

72.6 mt dw
(160,080 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

17.5 mt dw
(38,681 lb dw)
Closed 3

101%

11.6 mt dw
(25,580 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)

109.3 mt dw
(241,013 lb dw)

22%

63.8 mt dw
(140,740 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).
3 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.  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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