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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - October 16, 2015

Posted October 21, 2015

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 October 16, 2015.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2015 shark research fishery participants.  

 

Region Or Sub-Region

Management Groups

Quota Linkages

Commercial Retention Limits for Directed Shark Limited Access Permit Holders as of October 18, 2015 
(These limits can change throughout the season)

Eastern
Gulf of Mexico

Blacktip Sharks

Not Linked

Closed for the rest of the 2015 fishing season

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Linked

Hammerhead Sharks

Western
Gulf of Mexico

Blacktip Sharks

Not Linked

Closed for the rest of the 2015 fishing season

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Linked

Hammerhead Sharks

Atlantic

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

Linked

45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip

Hammerhead Sharks

Region Or Sub-Region

Management Groups

2015 Quota

Estimated Landings in 2015

% of 2015 Quota

2014 Landings During The Same Time Period

Eastern 
Gulf of Mexico

Blacktip Sharks

25.1 mt dw
(55,439 lb dw)

21.5 mt dw
(47,366 lb dw) 1

85%
Closed 2

202.3 mt dw
(446,024 lb dw)

Western
Gulf of Mexico

231.5 mt dw
(510,261 lb dw)

197.7 mt dw
(435,961 lb dw) 1

85%
Closed 2

Eastern
Gulf of Mexico

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

85.5 mt dw
(188,593 lb dw)

84.5 mt dw
(186,223 lb dw) 1

99%
Closed 2

153.7 mt dw
(338,923 lb dw)

Western
Gulf of Mexico

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

69.6 mt dw
(153,380 lb dw) 1

97%
Closed 2

Eastern
Gulf of Mexico

Hammerhead Sharks

13.4 mt dw
(29,421 lb dw)

7.3 mt dw
(16,198 lb dw) 1

55%
Closed 2

14.4 mt dw
(31,733 lb dw)

Western
Gulf of Mexico

11.9 mt dw
(26,301 lb dw)

6.5 mt dw
(14,360 lb dw) 1

55%
Closed 2

Gulf of Mexico

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

112.6 mt dw
(248,215 lb dw)

69.9 mt dw
(154,077 lb dw)

62%
Reopened 3

66.8 mt dw
(147,366 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

1.0 mt dw
(2,096 lb dw)

51%
Closed and Prohibited 3

1.4 mt dw
(3,149 lb dw)

Atlantic

 

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

168.9 mt dw 
(372,552 lb dw)

90.1 mt dw
(198,651 lb dw)

53%

101.6 mt dw
(224,098 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736  lb dw)

8.5 mt dw
(18,703 lb dw)

31%

6.0 mt dw
(13,223 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

106.2 mt dw
(234,170 lb dw)

40%
Reopened (North of 34° N. lat. only) 4

103.1 mt dw
(227,202 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks
(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

20.5 mt dw
(45,109 lb dw)

117%
Closed 4

17.4 mt dw
(38,437 lb dw)

No regional quotas

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

18.1 mt dw
(39,830 lb dw)

36%

14.3 mt dw
(31,543 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw
(199,943 lb dw)

63.6 mt dw
(140,258 lb dw)

70%

37.5 mt dw
(82,737 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

0.5 mt dw
(1,114 lb dw)

< 1%

7.8 mt dw
(17,157 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Closed 5

0.5 mt dw
(1,035 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

71.3 mt dw
(157,099 lb dw)

15%

126.7 mt dw
(279,276 lb dw)

 

1 The blacktip, aggregated LCS, and hammerhead shark management group preliminary 2015 landings were split based on the sub-regional quota percentage splits established in Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP
.      
2 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on May 3, 2015 (80 FR 24836).

3 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on July 4, 2015 (80 FR 38016).  In the final rule for Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (80 FR 50073; August 18, 2015), NMFS reopened the Gulf of Mexico non-blacknose SCS fishery and prohibited the retention of blacknose sharks in the Gulf of Mexico region.

4 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on June 7, 2015 (80 FR 32040), but the non-blacknose SCS fishery was reopened on August 18, 2015 (80 FR 50073) for sharks caught north of 34° N. lat. only.

5 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on December 17, 2014 and will remain closed for the 2015 shark fishing season (79 FR 75068).

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.  

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