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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - November 20, 2015

Posted November 23, 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 November 20, 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 November 20, 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
(47,367 lb dw) 1

85%
Closed 2

200.9 mt dw
(442,882 lb dw)

Western
Gulf of Mexico

231.5 mt dw
(510,261 lb dw)

197.8 mt dw
(435,974 lb dw) 1

85%
Closed 2

Eastern
Gulf of Mexico

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

85.5 mt dw
(188,593 lb dw)

85.1 mt dw
(187,643 lb dw) 1

99%
Closed 2

152.7 mt dw
(336,631 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)

7.4 mt dw
(16,304 lb dw) 1

55%
Closed 2

13.8 mt dw
(30,447 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)

89.4 mt dw
(197,080 lb dw)

79%
Reopened 3

72.8 mt dw
(160,573 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

(3,160 lb dw)

Atlantic

 

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

125.0 mt dw

(257,559 lb dw)

74%

135.0 mt dw

(297,722 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

13.4 mt dw

(29,432 lb dw)

49%

10.1 mt dw

(22,200 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

122.0 mt dw
(268,968 lb dw)

46%
Reopened (North of 34° N. lat. only) 4

103.5 mt dw
(228,132 lb dw)

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

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

20.6 mt dw
(45,405 lb dw)

118%
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)

22.1 mt dw
(48,749 lb dw)

44%

16.6 mt dw
(36,626 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw
(199,943 lb dw)

71.8 mt dw
(158,265 lb dw)

79%

41.8 mt dw
(92,211 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

0.7 mt dw
(1,539 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

80.0 mt dw
(176,459 lb dw)

16%

134.1 mt dw
(295,561 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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