Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 Shark Research Fishery
Applications due November 27, 2023
NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications from commercial shark fishermen, including directed and incidental permit holders, interested in participating in the 2024 Shark Research Fishery. A completed application and required vessel information must be submitted by November 27, 2023 for consideration.
What the permit covers
Shark Research Fishery permits allow fishermen to land sandbar, other large coastal sharks, small coastal sharks, smoothhound, and pelagic sharks from federal waters in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. The permit is subject to 100-percent observer coverage. This means participants can fish without an observer when not on a Shark Research Fishery trip. The scientific data collected by fishery observers is used in shark stock assessments.
2024 Shark Research Fishery permits will be valid only through December 31, 2024, unless otherwise specified. They are also only valid for the specific vessel and owners listed on the permit and are subject to the terms and conditions listed on the permit.
The specific conditions of the permit, including trip limits, gear requirements, and number of trips per month will depend on many factors. Examples of these factors include the number of selected vessels, available quota, and the objectives of the research fishery. Research objectives may require participating vessels to have electronic monitoring system sensors installed for the duration of the 2024 research fishery. Those shark research permit holders with electronic monitoring sensors may also be provided with satellite archival tags for dusky sharks to use during shark research fishery trips.
How to apply
Please be advised your application may be released under the Freedom of Information Act.