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NOAA Fisheries has Determined that Atlantic Smooth Dogfish Shark and the Gulf of Mexico Smoothhound Shark Complex are Not Overfished and Overfishing is Not Occurring

Posted June 26, 2015

Atlantic smooth dogfish (Mustelus canis), Florida smoothhound (M. norrisi), and Gulf smoothhound sharks (M. sinusmexicanus) are managed under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. NOAA Fisheries recently conducted the first stock assessment for these species using the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) process. All documents and information regarding the stock assessment can be found on the SEDAR webpage.

Tagging and genetics data support the existence of two distinct stocks of smooth dogfish stocks, one in the Atlantic region and one in the Gulf of Mexico. Since smooth dogfish are the only species of smoothhound sharks occurring in the Atlantic region, the stock assessment was only for this species in the Atlantic region. However, because smooth dogfish, Florida smoothhound, and Gulf smoothhound occur in the Gulf of Mexico and given the difficulty with identifying the individual species of smoothhound sharks occurring in the Gulf of Mexico region, they were assessed as a single smoothhound shark complex within the Gulf of Mexico region.

Based on the results of SEDAR 39, NOAA Fisheries made the determinations:

Please see the Federal Register notice for additional information of the bases for these determinations.

This notice is a courtesy to the HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery. For further information, contact Andrew Rubin or Karyl Brewster-Geisz at (301) 427-8503.

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