Atlantic Shortfin Mako Shark
North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Shark
Stock Status and Situation
►Shortfin Mako Shark Management
The North Atlantic shortfin mako shark stock is assessed by ICCAT's Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS). The most recent SCRS assessment of the North Atlantic shortfin mako shark stock took place in 2012. According to the stock assessment, current levels of catch may be considered sustainable, as indications of potential overfishing shown in the previous stock assessment have diminished. These results indicate that the stock is healthy, because it is not overfished and the probability that overfishing is occurring is low.
►Domestic Management Response
Amendment 3 to the HMS Fishery Management Plan was finalized in June 2010. It contains commercial and recreational management measures that address overfishing of the North Atlantic shortfin mako shark stock. NMFS decided to continue to work on an international level to end overfishing of shortfin mako sharks. Also, NMFS decided to promote the live release of shortfin mako sharks on a domestic level to help mitigate the effects of overfishing on the stock. Since then, the most recent SCRS stock assessment (2012) indicates that overfishing is no longer occurring on the stock.
►What You Can Do to Keep the Stock Healthy