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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - December 31, 2015

Posted January 21, 2015

Below are the preliminary landings estimates for 2015 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 December 31, 2015.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2015 shark research fishery participants.  

 

 

Region
Or Sub-Region

Management Groups

2015 Quota

Estimated Landings in 2015

% of 2015 Quota

2014 Landings During The Same Time Period

Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Blacktip Sharks

25.1 mt dw
(55,439 lb dw)

21.5 mt dw
(47,367 lb dw) 1

85%
Closed 2

200.9 mt dw
(442,882 lb dw)

Western Gulf of Mexico

231.5 mt dw
(510,261 lb dw)

197.8 mt dw
(435,974 lb dw) 1

85%
Closed 2

Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

85.5 mt dw (188,593 lb dw)

85.3 mt dw 
(188,504 lb dw) 1

99%
Closed 2

152.7 mt dw
(336,631 lb dw)

Western Gulf of Mexico

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

69.6 mt dw
(153,380 lb dw) 1

97%
Closed 2

Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Hammerhead Sharks

13.4 mt dw
(29,421 lb dw)

7.4 mt dw
(16,303 lb dw) 1

55%
Closed 2

13.8 mt dw
(30,447 lb dw)

Western Gulf of Mexico

11.9 mt dw
(26,301 lb dw)

6.5 mt dw
(14,360 lb dw) 1

55%
Closed 2

Gulf of Mexico

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

112.6 mt dw
(248,215 lb dw)

89.9 mt dw
(198,258 lb dw)

80%
Closed 3

73.5 mt dw
(162,077 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw
(4,076 lb dw)

1.0 mt dw
(2,096 lb dw)

51%
Closed and Prohibited 3

1.4 mt dw
(3,160 lb dw)

Atlantic

 

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

168.9 mt dw 
(372,552 lb dw)

148.4 mt dw
(327,202 lb dw)

88%

158.2 mt dw
(348,733 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw
(59,736  lb dw)

17.9 mt dw
(39,545 lb dw)

66%

12.5 mt dw
(27,586 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

139.4 mt dw
(307,371 lb dw)

53%
Reopened (North of 34° N. lat. only) 4

103.4 mt dw
(228,045 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks
(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.5 mt dw
(38,638 lb dw)

20.6 mt dw
(45,405 lb dw)

118%
Closed 4

17.4 mt dw
(38,437 lb dw)

No regional quotas

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

25.2 mt dw
(58,025 lb dw)

53%

26.5 mt dw
(58,367 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw
(199,943 lb dw)

73.3 mt dw
(163,433 lb dw)

82%

54.2 mt dw
(119,527 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

0.5 mt dw
(1,114 lb dw)

< 1%

8.1 mt dw
(17,806 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Closed 5

2.9 mt dw
(6,414 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

96.6 mt dw
(212,860 lb dw)

20%

142.9 mt dw
(315,099 lb dw)

 

1 The blacktip, aggregated LCS, and hammerhead shark management group preliminary 2015 landings were split based on the sub-regional quota percentage splits established in Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP
.      
2 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on May 3, 2015 (80 FR 24836).

3 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on July 4, 2015 (80 FR 38016).  In the final rule for Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (80 FR 50073; August 18, 2015), NMFS reopened the Gulf of Mexico non-blacknose SCS fishery and prohibited the retention of blacknose sharks in the Gulf of Mexico region.

4 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on June 7, 2015 (80 FR 32040), but the non-blacknose SCS fishery was reopened on August 18, 2015 (80 FR 50073) for sharks caught north of 34° N. lat. only.

5 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 Guý DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  

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