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Retention Limit of Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Shark and Hammerhead Shark Management Groups: Atlantic Region Reduced to 25 Sharks per Trip

October 14, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reducing the retention limit for the commercial aggregated large coastal shark (LCS) and hammerhead shark management groups for directed shark limited access permit holders in the Atlantic region from 45 to 25 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip as of 11:30 p.m. local time on October 19, 2016.  This adjustment is intended to promote equitable fishing opportunities in the Atlantic region, while allowing the fishery to remain open for the rest of the year.  All other retention limits and shark fisheries remain unchanged in the Atlantic region.

The retention limit will remain at 25 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the Atlantic region through the rest of the 2016 fishing season or until NMFS announces via a notice in the Federal Register a fishery closure.   This retention limit adjustment affects directed shark limited access permit holders fishing for LCS in the Atlantic region.

This notice is a courtesy to the HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  For further information on this retention limit adjustment, contact GuĂ˝ DuBeck or Karyl Brewster-Geisz at 301-427-8503. 

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