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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - May 15, 2015

Posted May 18, 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 May 15, 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)

290.1 mt dw
(639,631 lb dw)

88%
Closed 1

151.2 mt dw
(333,275 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

156.5 mt dw
(344,980 lb dw)

150.0 mt dw
(330,744 lb dw)

96%
Closed 1

124.0 mt dw
(273,366 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

13.7 mt dw
(30,160 lb dw)

54%
Closed 1

10.7 mt dw
(23,680 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

45.5mt dw
(100,317 lb dw)

23.7 mt dw
(52,231 lb dw)

52%

3.6 mt dw
(7,952 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

0.9 mt dw
(1,992 lb dw)

49%

0.7 mt dw
(1,471 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
(326 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736  lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0.1 mt dw
(22 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

176.1 mt dw
(388,222 lb dw)

78.6 mt dw
(173,180 lb dw)

45%

59.0 mt dw
(129,975 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

9.6 mt dw
(21,089 lb dw)

55%

3.6 mt dw
(7,998 lb dw)

No regional quotas

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

9.2 mt dw
(20,221 lb dw)

18%

3.5 mt dw
(7,635 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw
(257,056 lb dw)

42.0 mt dw
(92,614 lb dw)

36%

14.1 mt dw
(31,104 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

0.4 mt dw
(889 lb dw)

< 1%

7.5 mt dw
(16,542 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Closed 2

0.1 mt dw
(248 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

33.2 mt dw
(73,214 lb dw)

7%

82.5 mt dw
(181,939 lb dw)

1 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on May 3, 2015 (80 FR 24836)
2 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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