Amendment 11 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan: Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks


Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Information Gathering


On December 13, 2017, NOAA Fisheries determined that North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks are overfished with overfishing occurring. As required by Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, NOAA Fisheries must take action to end overfishing immediately and to implement conservation and management measures to rebuild overfished stocks within 2 years of making this determination. 

To address overfishing and to ensure that timely data is provided to ICCAT under a provision in Recommendation 17-08, an interim final rule was published to implement management measures for North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks based on the measures in the ICCAT recommendation, using NOAA Fisheries’ authority to issue emergency regulations under the MSA. 

NOAA Fisheries is developing an amendment to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan that will consider and evaluate the measures in ICCAT Recommendation 17-08 and additional management options to address overfishing and to establish a foundation for rebuilding the North Atlantic shortfin mako shark stock. This amendment is expected to be implemented prior to the expiration of the emergency rule.


NOAA Fisheries Introduces Amendment 11 for the Conservation of Shortfin Mako Sharks

Amendment 11 aims to prevent overfishing and rebuild overfished shortfin mako sharks.
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Emergency Regulations to Address Overfishing of North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks

Amendment 11 implements internationally recommended management measures for North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks.
Shortfin Mako Shark

Comments Requested on Options to Address Overfishing of North Atlantic Shortfin Mako Sharks

NOAA Fisheries is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement and Fishery Management Plan Amendment to comply with International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna Recommendation 17-08 to address overfishing and establish the foundation for a...
Mako Shark

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 07/30/2018