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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - April 17, 2015

Posted April 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 April 17, 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)

250.4 mt dw

(551,945 lb dw)

76%

97.7 mt dw

(215,356 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

156.5 mt dw

(344,980 lb dw)

119.3 mt dw

(263,047 lb dw)

76%

90.9 mt dw

(200,298 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw

(55,722 lb dw)

10.4 mt dw

(22,829 lb dw)

41%

4.1 mt dw

(9,101 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

45.5mt dw

(100,317 lb dw)

8.0 mt dw

(17,579 lb dw)

18%

0.5 mt dw

(1,062 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw

(4,076 lb dw)

0.9 mt dw

(1,880 lb dw)

46%

0.5 mt dw

(1,111 lb dw)

Atlantic

 

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0.1 mt dw

(290 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)

70.3 mt dw

(154,987 lb dw)

40%

48.2 mt dw

(106,338 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw

(38,638 lb dw)

5.7 mt dw

(12,579 lb dw)

33%

3.3 mt dw

(7,296 lb dw)

No regional quotas

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

7.6 mt dw

(16,801 lb dw)

15%

 0.8 mt dw

(1,749 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw

(257,056 lb dw)

32.4 mt dw

(71,531 lb dw)

28%

5.9 mt dw

(13,008 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

0.4 mt dw

(889 lb dw)

< 1%

4.2 mt dw

(9,348 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)

21.5 mt dw

(47,296 lb dw)

4%

45.3 mt dw

(99,926 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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