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Atlantic Shark Commercial Landings Update from January 1 - April 15, 2016

Posted April 21, 2016

The following pages have 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 April 15, 2016.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2016 shark research fishery participants.  Given the changes in management groups as a result of Amendment 6, we have changed our approach to providing landings updates and will provide percentages of landings instead of estimated landings where needed to continue ensuring participant confidentiality.    The fishing seasons for all shark management groups opened on January 1, 2016.   

 

Gulf of Mexico Region

Sub-Region

Shark Management Group

2016
Quota

Estimated Landings Through 4/15/2016

% of 2016 Quota

2015 Landings
Through same reporting period

Eastern
Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

28.9 mt dw
(63,189 lb dw)

5.4 mt dw
(11,948 lb dw)

19%

250.4 mt dw
(551,945 lb dw) 1

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw
(188,593 lb dw)

23.0 mt dw
(50,614 lb dw)

27%

119.3 mt dw
(263,047 lb dw) 1

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw
(29,421 lb dw)

4.6 mt dw
(10,241 lb dw)

35%

10.4 mt dw
(22,829 lb dw) 1

Western
Gulf of Mexico(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

266.5 mt dw
(587,396 lb dw)

169.4 mt dw
(373,516 lb dw)

64%
Closed2

250.4 mt dw
(551,945 lb dw) 1

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

66.8 mt dw
(147,164 lb dw)

93%
Closed2

 

119.3 mt dw(263,047 lb dw) 1

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw
(23,301 lb dw)

16.6 mt dw
(36,682 lb dw)

140%
Closed2

 

10.4 mt dw
(22,829 lb dw) 1

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

107.3 mt dw
(236,603 lb dw)

7.3 mt dw
(16,082 lb dw)

7%

    8.0 mt dw
(17,579 lb dw)

N/A

Smoothhound3

336.4 mt dw (741,627)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

N/A

 

1 Before Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (80 FR 50073; August 18, 2015), the blacktip, aggregated LCS, and hammerhead shark management group preliminary 2015 landings were not split into sub-regional quotas. 
2 Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on March 12, 2016 (81 FR 12602).     
3
Smoothhound shark quota effective March 15, 2016 (80 FR 73128; November 24, 2015).  In the Gulf of Mexico region, smoothhound sharks are smooth dogfish, Florida smoothhound, and Gulf smoothhound.

Atlantic Region

Shark Management Group

2016
Quota

Estimated Landings
Through 4/15/2016

% of 2016 Quota

2015 Landings through same reporting period

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw 
(372,552 lb dw)

30.3 mt dw
(66,865 lb dw)

18%

0.1 mt dw
(290 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. Large Coastal)

27.1 mt dw
(59,736  lb dw)

7.5 mt dw
(14,546 lb dw)

28%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal
(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

25.5 mt dw
(56,151 lb dw)

10%

48.2 mt dw
(106,338 lb dw)

Blacknose
(South of 34° N. lat. only)

15.7 mt dw
(34,653 lb dw)

2.5 mt dw
(5,543 lb dw)

16%

3.3 mt dw
(7,296 lb dw)

Smoothhound

1201.7  mt dw(2,647,725 lb dw)

34.2 mt dw
(75,377 lb dw)

3%

N/A

1 NMFS reduced the retention limit for the commercial aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management groups in the Atlantic region for directed shark limited access permit holders from 36 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip to 3 LCS other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip as of 11:30 p.m. local time April 2, 2016 (81 FR 18541).  In the Atlantic region, smoothhound sharks are smooth dogfish.

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2016
Quota

Estimated Landings
Through 4/15/2016

% of 2016 Quota

2015 Landings through same reporting period

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

<2.5 mt dw
(<5,511 lb dw)

< 5%

0.8 mt dw
(16,801 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw
(199,943 lb dw)

<4.5 mt dw
(<9,997 lb dw)

< 5%

32.4 mt dw
(71,531 lb dw)

Blue

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

<13.6 mt dw
(<30,092 lb dw)

Porbeagle

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

Closed in 2015

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

23.7 mt dw
(52,345 lb dw)

5%

21.5 mt dw
(47,296 lb dw)

 

Species in each shark management group that has multiple species

Aggregated Large Coastal (LCS)

Hammerhead

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

Pelagic Sharks other than Porbeagle or Blue

- Blacktip (Atlantic region only*)

- Bull

-Lemon

- Nurse

- Silky   

- Tiger

- Spinner

                                       

 

- Great Hammerhead

- Smooth Hammerhead

- Scalloped Hammerhead

- Atlantic sharpnose

- Bonnethead

- Finetooth

- Common thresher

- Shortfin mako

- Oceanic whitetip

*Blacktip shark is part of its own management group in the Gulf of Mexico Region

** Smooth dogfish is the only smoothhound species in the Atlantic Region

NMFS will announce closures of management groups when landings reach or are projected to reach 80 percent of the quota.  Management groups that are quota linked close when landings of either of the linked management groups reach or are projected to reach 80 percent of the quota.

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, contact Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Guý DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  

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