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NOAA Fisheries Reminds Fishermen about Federal Smoothhound Shark Permit Requirements

August 10, 2016

Amendment 9 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) became effective on March 15, 2016

Amendment 9 requires fishermen that fish commercially for smooth dogfish in Federal waters to have an open access Federal smoothhound shark permit.  Contact the Southeast Regional Office Permit Office at 877-376-4877 if you need this permit. 

Smoothhound shark permit holders may only sell catch to federally permitted shark dealers.

Federally-permitted smoothhound shark fishermen may remove the fins of smooth dogfish at sea if:

If those conditions do not apply, fishermen may still retain smooth dogfish, but the fins must remain naturally attached to the carcass through offloading.

What else is in Amendment 9?

Amendment 9 also implemented several other measures that affect shark fisheries, including:


For further information on Amendment 9, please visit or contact Steve Durkee at 202-670-6637 or Karyl Brewster-Geisz at 301-427-8503.  If you are interested in receiving an electronic newsletter informing you of the latest HMS-related actions, sign up for HMS News at

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