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

Posted July 20, 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 July 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)

291.1 mt dw
(641,771 lb dw)

89%
Closed 1

200.9 mt dw
(442,799 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

156.5 mt dw
(344,980 lb dw)

150.4 mt dw
(331,479 lb dw)

96%
Closed 1

152.7 mt dw
(336,551 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw
(55,722 lb dw)

13.8 mt dw
(30,326 lb dw)

54%
Closed 1

14.0 mt dw
(30,933 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

45.5mt dw
(100,317 lb dw)

46.2 mt dw
(101,948 lb dw)

102%
Closed 2

32.1 mt dw
(70,677 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

1.0 mt dw
(2,029 lb dw)

51%
Closed 2

0.8 mt dw
(1,709 lb dw)

Atlantic

 

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

168.9 mt dw 
(372,552 lb dw)

12.3 mt dw
(27,100 lb dw)

7%

35.0 mt dw
(77,262 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736  lb dw)

0.7 mt dw
(1,476 lb dw)

2%

1.4 mt dw
(3,106 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

176.1 mt dw
(388,222 lb dw)

98.6 mt dw
(217,360 lb dw)

56%
Closed 3

85.2 mt dw
(187,755 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

20.4 mt dw
(44,966 lb dw)

116%
Closed 3

13.7 mt dw
(30,160 lb dw)

No regional quotas

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

14.8 mt dw
(32,593 lb dw)

30%

9.1 mt dw
(20,008 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw
(257,056 lb dw)

60.6 mt dw
(133,496 lb dw)

52%

27.2 mt dw
(60,029 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
(17,103 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Closed 4

0.1 mt dw
(248 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

50.7 mt dw
(111,701 lb dw)

10%

101.5 mt dw
(223,837 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 July 4, 2015 (80 FR 38016)
3 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on June 7, 2015 (80 FR 32040)
4 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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