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

September 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 September 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)
 

201.3 mt dw
(443,760 lb dw)
Closed 1

73%

239.4 mt dw
(527,824 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

151.2 mt dw
(333,828 lb dw)

152.8 mt dw
(336,886 lb dw)
Closed 2

101%

163.7 mt dw
(360,923 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

13.8 mt dw
(30,470 lb dw)
Closed 2

55%

10.5 mt dw
(23,212 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

168.9 mt dw
(372,552 lb dw)

79.9 mt dw
(176,251 lb dw)

47%

135.1 mt dw
(297,784 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736 lb dw)

5.1 mt dw
(11,255 lb dw)

19%

11.6 mt dw
(25,556 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

No regional quotas

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

10.2 mt dw
(22,537 lb dw)

20%

10.3 mt dw
(22,735 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw
(257,056 lb dw)

31.6 mt dw
(69,579 lb dw)

27%

23.3 mt dw
(51,278 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Gulf of Mexico

68.3 mt dw
(150,476 lb dw)

59.0 mt dw
(130,156 lb dw)
Closed 4

86%

65.7 mt dw
(144,815 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

0.8 mt dw
(1,724 lb dw)
Closed 3

42%

0.7 mt dw
(1,574 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

Atlantic

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

102.5 mt dw
(226,013 lb dw)
Closed 4

39%

90.6mt dw
(199,688 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

17.6 mt dw
(38,693 lb dw)
Closed 4

101%

13.7 mt dw
(30,138 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

No regional quotas

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)

0.2 mt dw
(443 lb dw)

16%

Closed for 2013

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

119.1 mt dw
(262,582 lb dw)

24%

74.5 mt dw
(164,189 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 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.  

 

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