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Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings and Retention Limit Update from January 1 – Semptember 22, 2017

Posted September 27, 2017

The following are 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 September 22, 2017.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2017 shark research fishery participants.  We 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, 2017, except for the aggregated LCS, blacktip shark, and hammerhead shark management groups in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region which opened on February 1, 2017.

 

Gulf of Mexico Region

Sub-Region

Shark Management Group


2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 9/22/2017

% of 2017 Quota


2016 Landings Through same reporting period

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

Blacktip

331.6 mt dw
(730,425 lb dw)

206.6 mt dw
(455,535 lb dw)

62%
Closed*

165.7 mt dw
(365,396 lb dw)

 

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

65.8 mt dw
(145,115 lb dw)

91%
Closed*

66.1 mt dw
(145,798 lb dw)

 

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw
(26,301 lb dw)

2.5 mt dw
(5,490 lb dw)

24%
Closed*

16.8 mt dw
(37,129 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw
(79,359 lb dw)

23.1 mt dw
(51,026 lb dw)

64%

18.5 mt dw
(40,834 lb dw)

 

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw
(188,593 lb dw)

55.6 mt dw
(122,596 lb dw)

65%

49.2 mt dw
(108,445 lb dw)

 

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw
(29,421 lb dw)

6.8 mt dw
(14,920 lb dw)

51%

6.8 mt dw
(14,942 lb dw)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw
(248,215 lb dw)

46.9 mt dw
(103,327 lb dw)

42%

54.7 mt dw
(120,537 lb dw)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw
(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw                  (0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt ww                 (0 lb dw)

*Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on May 2, 2017 (82 FR 20447).

Atlantic Region

Shark Management Group

2017 Quota


Estimated Landings
Through 9/22/2017

% of 2017 Quota

2016 Landings through same reporting period

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw
(372,552 lb dw)

90.2 mt dw
(198,765 lb dw)

53%

101.0 mt dw
(222,584 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw
(59,736  lb dw)

6.1 mt dw
(13,399 lb dw)

22%

11.9 mt dw
(26,240 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw
(582,333 lb dw)

84.5 mt dw
(186,354 lb dw)

32%

46.6 mt dw
(102,743 lb dw)

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

17.2 mt dw
(37,921 lb dw)

6.7 mt dw
(14,864 lb dw)

39%

12.2 mt dw
(26,928 lb dw)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw
(3,973,902 lb dw)

264.4 mt dw
(582,833 lb dw)

15%

239.0 mt dw
(526,803 lb dw)


* NMFS implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016).  NMFS increased the retention limit of large coastal sharks other than sandbar for all directed permit holders on July 16, 2017 (82 FR 32490; July 14, 2017).

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group


2017 Quota

Estimated Landings
Through 9/22/2017

% of 2017 Quota

2016 Landings through same reporting period

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw
(110,230 lb dw)

10.4 mt dw
(22,955 lb dw)

21%

14.3 mt dw
(31,614 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw
(199,943 lb dw)

39.7 mt dw
(87,533 lb dw)

44%

40.8 mt dw
(89,846 lb dw)

Blue

273.0 mt dw
(601,856 lb dw)

< 2.3 mt dw
(< 5,000 lb dw)

<1%

< 1.0 mt dw
(< 2,000 lb dw)

Porbeagle

1.7 mt dw
(3,748 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

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

81.8 mt dw
(180,416 lb dw)

17%

70.9 mt dw
(156,197 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

Smoothhound

- 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

 

- Smooth dogfish**

- Florida smoothhound

- Gulf smoothhound

*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.  The information will also be posted on the HMS website at:  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/news/news_list/index.html.

 

  

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