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

Posted March 25, 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 March 20, 2015.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2015 shark research fishery participants. 

Region

Management Groups

2015 Quota

Estimated Landings in 2015

% of 2015 Quota

2014 Landings During The Same Time Period

Gulf of Mexico

Blacktip Sharks

328.6 mt dw (724,302 lb dw)

149.1 mt dw 
(328,614 lb dw)

45%

62.7 mt dw 
(138,247 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

156.5 mt dw
(344,980 lb dw)

77.8 mt dw
(171,533 lb dw)

50%

49.5 mt dw
(109,078 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

4.6 mt dw
(10,237 lb dw)

18%

1.4 mt dw
(3,070 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

45.5mt dw
(100,317 lb dw)

3.4 mt dw
(7,534 lb dw)

8%

0.5 mt dw
(1,156 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

0.6 mt dw
(1,247 lb dw)

31%

0.4 mt dw
(891 lb dw)

Atlantic

 

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

168.9 mt dw
(372,552 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0.2 mt dw
(546 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736  lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

176.1 mt dw
(388,222 lb dw)

56.4 mt dw
(124,287 lb dw)

32%

36.8 mt dw
(81,210 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

3.4 mt dw
(7,462 lb dw)

19%

2.2 mt dw
(4,747 lb dw)

No regional quotas

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

3.9 mt dw
(8,516 lb dw)

8%

0.5 mt dw
(1,156 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw
(257,056 lb dw)

22.3 mt dw
(49,249 lb dw)

19%

36.8 mt dw
(81,210 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

0.4 mt dw
(889 lb dw)

< 1%

0.3 mt dw
(600 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Closed 1

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

12.0 mt dw
(26,380 lb dw)

2%

28.8 mt dw
(63,407 lb dw)

1 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 GuĂ˝ DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  

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