2017 Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings and Retention Limit Updates

These notices are a courtesy to Atlantic HMS fishery participants to keep you informed about the fishery. Catch statistics from previous months are available below or by contacting Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Guý DuBeck at (301) 427-8503.

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). 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. In 2017, the fishing seasons for all shark management groups opened on January 1, 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.

NOAA Fisheries 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.

In 2018, the fishing seasons for all shark management groups opened on January 1, 2018.

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January 1 – December 31, 2017

Posted January 17, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through December 31, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 12/31/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

Blacktip

331.6 mt dw
(730,425 lb dw)

207.2 mt dw
(456,717 lb dw)

63%
Closed*

165.8 mt dw

(365,573 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

65.9 mt dw
(145,362 lb dw)

92%
Closed*

66.2 mt dw

(146,033 lb dw)

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

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

(37,131 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

32.0 mt dw

(70,471 lb dw)

89%

20.2 mt dw

(44,482 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

63.4 mt dw

(139,763 lb dw)

74%

58.0 mt dw

(127,903 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

7.8 mt dw

(17,265 lb dw)

59%

6.6 mt dw

(14,520 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

65.2 mt dw

(143,720 lb dw)

58%

73.5 mt dw

(162,072 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

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

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 12/31/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

130.8 mt dw

(288,383 lb dw)
77%

161.7 mt dw

(356,403 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

9.3 mt dw

(20,590 lb dw)
34%

14.0 mt dw

(30,900 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

124.3 mt dw

(273,978 lb dw)
47% **

82.1 mt dw

(180,942 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

7.8 mt dw

(17,241 lb dw)
45% **

12.2 mt dw

(26,842 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,973,902 lb dw)

377.6 mt dw

(832,480 lb dw)

21%

311.6 mt dw                    

(686,857 lb dw)

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries 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).

** The blacknose shark quota was not exceeded in 2017, and the non-blacknose small coastal shark quota remained open all season.

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 12/31/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

20.4 mt dw

(45,019 lb dw)
41%

19.4 mt dw

(42,755 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

54.9 mt dw

(121,074 lb dw)
61%

52.1 mt dw

(114,871 lb dw)
Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

1.9 mt dw

(4,272 lb dw)
1%

< 1.0 mt dw

(< 2,000 lb dw)
Porbeagle

1.7 mt dw

(3,748 lb dw)

< 0.5 mt dw

(< 1,000 lb dw)
< 30%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)
Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt dw

(1,075,856 lb dw)

111.9 mt dw

(246,687 lb dw)
23%

104.7 mt dw

(230,840 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – November 17, 2017

Posted November 29, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through November 17, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 11/17/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region and no retention of large coastal sharks in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 11/17/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

Blacktip

331.6 mt dw
(730,425 lb dw)

206.8 mt dw
(455,993 lb dw)

62%
Closed*

165.8 mt dw

(365,554 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

65.9 mt dw
(145,178 lb dw)

91%
Closed*

66.2 mt dw

(145,983 lb dw)

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

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

(37,131 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

27.0 mt dw

(59,503 lb dw)

75%

20.0 mt dw

(44,024 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

60.5 mt dw

(133,480 lb dw)

71%

55.9 mt dw

(123,183 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

7.1 mt dw

(15,759 lb dw)

54%

6.9 mt dw

(15,226 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

57.9 mt dw

(127,552 lb dw)

51%

69.8 mt dw

(153,979 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

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

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 11/17/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 36 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 11/17/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

114.3 mt dw

(251,757 lb dw)
68%

130.4 mt dw

(287,464 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

9.0 mt dw

(19,735 lb dw)
33%

13.2 mt dw

(29,009 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

102.9 mt dw

(226,204 lb dw)
39%

58.1 mt dw

(128,161 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

7.1 mt dw

(15,528 lb dw)
41%

12.2 mt dw

(26,842 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,973,902 lb dw)
372.1 mt dw                     (820,334 lb dw) 21%

295.7 mt dw                    

(651,967 lb dw)

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries 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 11/17/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

15.7 mt dw

(34,547 lb dw)
31%

17.5 mt dw

(38,662 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

48.0 mt dw

(105,838 lb dw)
53%

50.2 mt dw

(110,582 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)

100.4 mt dw

(221,447 lb dw)
21%

86.2 mt dw

(189,993 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – October 23, 2017

Posted October 27, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through October 23, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 10/23/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region and no retention of large coastal sharks in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 10/23/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

(365,385 lb dw)

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

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

(145,791 lb dw)

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

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

(37,128 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

24.9 mt dw

(54,918 lb dw)

69%

18.7 mt dw

(41,116 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

57.6 mt dw

(127,022 lb dw)

67%

54.2 mt dw

(119,592 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

6.8 mt dw

(15,059 lb dw)

51%

6.8 mt dw

(14,955 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

49.4 mt dw

(108,965 lb dw)

44%

60.6 mt dw

(133,648 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

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

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 10/23/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 36 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 10/23/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

104.4 mt dw

(230,205 lb dw)
62%

113.2 mt dw

(249,661 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

7.9 mt dw

(17,448 lb dw)
29%

12.5 mt dw

(27,542 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

92.9 mt dw

(204,851 lb dw)
35%

50.7 mt dw

(111,793 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

7.0 mt dw

(15,344 lb dw)
40%

12.2 mt dw

(26,928 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,973,902 lb dw)
337.5 mt dw                     (744,146 lb dw) 19%

287.4 mt dw                    

(633,605 lb dw)

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries 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 10/23/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

12.2 mt dw

(26,913 lb dw)
24%

14.6 mt dw

(32,167 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

45.8 mt dw

(100,982 lb dw)
51%

41.5 mt dw

(91,568 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)

91.5 mt dw

(201,822 lb dw)
19%

77.4 mt dw

(170,675 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – September 22, 2017

Posted September 27, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through September 22, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 9/22/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region and no retention of large coastal sharks in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 9/22/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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 dw

(0 lb dw)

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

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 9/22/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 36 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 9/22/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

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)

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries 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

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

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)

 

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January 1 – August 18, 2017

Posted August 25, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through August 18, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 8/18/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region and no retention of large coastal sharks in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 8/18/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

(365,268 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

65.8 mt dw
(145,098 lb dw)

91%
Closed*

66.1 mt dw

(145,624 lb dw)

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

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

(37,128 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

19.0 mt dw

(41,949 lb dw)

53%

18.5 mt dw

(40,813 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

48.4 mt dw

(106,793 lb dw)

57%

44.5 mt dw

(98,164 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

6.5 mt dw

(14,394 lb dw)

49%

6.8 mt dw

(14,941 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

43.3 mt dw

(95,549 lb dw)

38%

49.5 mt dw

(109,236 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

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

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 8/18/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 36 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 8/18/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

70.3 mt dw

(154,966 lb dw)
42%

82.0 mt dw

(180,845 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

5.2 mt dw

(11,538 lb dw)
19%

10.8 mt dw

(23,842 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

72.1 mt dw

(158,862 lb dw)
27%

44.4 mt dw

(97,869 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

6.0 mt dw

(13,303 lb dw)
35%

12.2 mt dw

(26,928 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,973,902 lb dw)
198.1 mt dw                     (436,715 lb dw) 11%

221.7 mt dw                    

(488,763 lb dw)

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries 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 8/18/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

10.4 mt dw

(22,955 lb dw)
21%

9.6 mt dw

(21,116 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

39.7 mt dw

(87,497 lb dw)
44%

36.3 mt dw

(80,082 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)

70.8 mt dw

(156,032 lb dw)
15%

63.6 mt dw

(140,247 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – July 14, 2017

Posted July 19, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through July 14, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 7/14/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region and no retention of large coastal sharks in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 7/14/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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*

166.2 mt dw

(366,497 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

65.8 mt dw
(145,098 lb dw)

91%
Closed*

66.1 mt dw

(145,624 lb dw)

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

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

(37,063 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

15.3 mt dw

(33,788 lb dw)

43%

18.0 mt dw

(39,584 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

42.0 mt dw

(92,617 lb dw)

49%

43.1 mt dw

(94,937 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

6.4 mt dw

(14,151 lb dw)

48%

6.7 mt dw

(14,865 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

36.2 mt dw

(79,779 lb dw)

32%

41.0 mt dw

(90,320 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

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

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 7/16/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 36 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 7/14/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

55.2 mt dw

(121,791 lb dw)
33%

42.0 mt dw

(92,692 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

5.0 mt dw

(10,973 lb dw)
18%

9.6 mt dw

(21,122 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

60.9 mt dw

(134,202 lb dw)
23%

40.4 mt dw

(89,048 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

5.2 mt dw

(11,373 lb dw)
30%

12.2 mt dw

(26,916 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)
166.9 mt dw                     (367,933 lb dw) 9%

183.2 mt dw                    

(403,795 lb dw)

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries 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 7/14/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

10.1 mt dw

(22,157 lb dw)
20%

7.2 mt dw

(5,829 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

38.4 mt dw

(84,619 lb dw)
42%

34.9 mt dw

(77,050 lb dw)
Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 lb dw)
<1%

0 mt dw

(0 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)

64.9 mt dw

(143,137 lb dw)
13%

54.1 mt dw

(119,336 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – June 16, 2017

Posted June 23, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through June 16, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 6/16/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region and no retention of large coastal sharks in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 6/16/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

(365,268 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

65.8 mt dw
(145,098 lb dw)

91%
Closed*

66.1 mt dw

(145,624 lb dw)

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

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

(37,063 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

13.0 mt dw

(28,585 lb dw)

31%

17.8 mt dw

(39,242 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

37.8 mt dw

(83,410 lb dw)

29%

40.9 mt dw

(90,119 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

5.0 mt dw

(10,947 lb dw)

37%

6.4 mt dw

(14,047 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

31.3 mt dw

(68,933 lb dw)

28%

25.1 mt dw

(55,240 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

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

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 6/16/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 3 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 6/16/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

52.6 mt dw

(116,048 lb dw)
31%

38.8 mt dw

(85,618 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

4.9 mt dw

(10,836 lb dw)
18%

8.9 mt dw

(19,728 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

52.5 mt dw

(115,746 lb dw)
20%

38.2 mt dw

(84,139 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

4.7 mt dw

(10,298 lb dw)
27%

12.1 mt dw

(26,685 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)
118.2 mt dw                     (260,604 lb dw) 7%

131.1 mt dw                    

(289,129 lb dw)

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries implemented a change in the retention limit of large coastal sharks other than sandbar for all directed permit holders on April 13, 2017 (82 FR 17765; April 13, 2017).

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 6/16/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

8.6 mt dw

(18,851 lb dw)
17%

5.6 mt dw

(12,374 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

25.9 mt dw

(57,134 lb dw)
29%

27.6 mt dw

(60,812 lb dw)
Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 lb dw)
<1%

0 mt dw

(0 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)

58.5 mt dw

(129,066 lb dw)
12%

33.6 mt dw

(74,029 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – May 19, 2017

Posted May 26, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through May 19, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 5/19/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region and no retention of large coastal sharks in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 5/19/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

Blacktip

331.6 mt dw
(730,425 lb dw)

207.2 mt dw
(468,815 lb dw)

63%
Closed*

165.7 mt dw

(365,268 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

65.2 mt dw
(143,818 lb dw)

91%
Closed*

66.1 mt dw

(145,624 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw
(26,301 lb dw)

2.5 mt dw
(5,541 lb dw)**

24%
Closed*

16.8 mt dw

(37,063 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

11.1 mt dw

(24,411 lb dw)

31%

15.5 mt dw

(34,117 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

24.7 mt dw

(54,515 lb dw)

29%

39.9 mt dw

(88,031 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

<4 mt dw

(<8,818 lb dw)

<30%

6.3 mt dw

(13,884 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

21.4 mt dw

(47,155 lb dw)

19%

13.2 mt dw

(29,040 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

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

** The landings decrease from the previous month is due to removal of duplicate records.

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 5/19/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 3 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 5/19/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

49.3 mt dw

(108,671 lb dw)
29%

34.7 mt dw

(76,518 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

4.3 mt dw

(9,427 lb dw)
16%

8.3 mt dw

(18,282 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

47.0 mt dw

(103,674 lb dw)
18%

31.4 mt dw

(69,281 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

4.4 mt dw

(9,743 lb dw)
26%

9.3 mt dw

(20,527 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)
56.8 mt dw                     (125,318 lb dw) 3%

70.5 mt dw                    

(155,352 lb dw)

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries implemented a change in the retention limit of large coastal sharks other than sandbar for all directed permit holders on April 13, 2017 (82 FR 17765; April 13, 2017).

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 5/19/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

5.1 mt dw

(11,305 lb dw)
10%

3.7 mt dw

(8,219 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

23.4 mt dw

(51,530 lb dw)
26%

21.5 mt dw

(47,479 lb dw)
Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 lb dw)
<1%

0 mt dw

(0 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)

53.0 mt dw

(116,923 lb dw)
11%

33.6 mt dw

(74,029 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – April 21, 2017

Posted April 24, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through April 21, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 4/21/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both the eastern and western Gulf of Mexico sub-regions.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 4/21/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

Blacktip

331.6 mt dw
(730,425 lb dw)

199.2 mt dw
(439,153 lb dw)

60%

169.4 mt dw

(373,516 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

57.0 mt dw
(125,718 lb dw)

79%

66.8 mt dw

(147,164 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw
(26,301 lb dw)

7.3 mt dw
(16,143 lb dw)

69%

16.6 mt dw

(36,682 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

6.3 mt dw

(13,877 lb dw)

17%

5.4 mt dw

(11,948 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

18.2 mt dw

(40,212 lb dw)

21%

23.0 mt dw

(50,614 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

<2 mt dw

(<4,413 lb dw)

<15%

4.6 mt dw

(10,241 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

11.6 mt dw

(25,478 lb dw)

10%

7.3 mt dw

(16,082 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

N/A

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 4/21/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 3 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 4/21/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

48.0 mt dw

(105,757 lb dw)
28%

30.3 mt dw

(66,865 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

3.7 mt dw

(8,123 lb dw)
14%

7.5 mt dw

(14,546 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

44.2 mt dw

(97,448 lb dw)
17%

25.5 mt dw

(56,151 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

4.5 mt dw

(9,816 lb dw)
26%

2.5 mt dw

(5,543 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)
33.2 mt dw                     (73,163 lb dw) 2%

N/A

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). NOAA Fisheries implemented a change in the retention limit of large coastal sharks other than sandbar for all directed permit holders on April 13, 2017 (82 FR 17765; April 13, 2017).

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 4/21/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

2.9 mt dw

(6,475 lb dw)
6%

<2.5 mt dw

(5,511 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

13.9 mt dw

(30,592 lb dw)
15%

4.5 mt dw

(<9,997 lb dw)
Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 lb dw)
<1%

0 mt dw

(0 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)

38.9 mt dw

(85,652 lb dw)
8%

23.7 mt dw

(52,345 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – March 17, 2017

Posted March 21, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through March 17, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 3/17/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both the eastern and western Gulf of Mexico sub-regions.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 3/17/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

Blacktip

331.6 mt dw
(730,425 lb dw)

112.3 mt dw
(247,503 lb dw)

34%

147.4 mt dw

(324,884 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

27.8 mt dw
(61,298 lb dw)

39%

64.8 mt dw

(142,960 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw
(26,301 lb dw)

<1.2 mt dw
(<2,700 lb dw)

<10%

13.7 mt dw

(30,134 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

3.1 mt dw

(6,937 lb dw)

9%

<2.8 mt dw

(<6,371 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

7.1 mt dw

(15,653 lb dw)

8%

9.8 mt dw

(21,683 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

<1.4 mt dw

(<3,000 lb dw)

<10%

<0.6 mt dw

(1,477 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

3.6 mt dw

(7,944 lb dw)

3%

3.4 mt dw

(7,446 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

N/A

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 3/17/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 25 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 3/17/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

21.9 mt dw

(48,354 lb dw)
13%

16.6 mt dw

(36,535 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

1.9 mt dw

(4,111 lb dw)
7%

6.6 mt dw

(14,546 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

26.5 mt dw

(58,337 lb dw)
10%

23.0 mt dw

(50,710 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

3.0 mt dw

(6,712 lb dw)
18%

1.4 mt dw

(3,152 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)
9.9 mt dw                     (21,864 lb dw) 1%

N/A

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 3/17/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

<2.5 mt dw

(<5,511 lb dw)
<5%

<2.5 mt dw

(5,511 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

<44.5 mt dw

(<9,997 lb dw)
<5%

4.5 mt dw

(<9,997 lb dw)
Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 2.7 mt dw

(< 6,000 lb dw)
<1%

0 mt dw

(0 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)

32.5 mt dw

(71,580 lb dw)
7%

19.0 mt dw

(41,883 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – February 17, 2017

Posted February 22, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through February 17, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 2/17/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both the eastern and western Gulf of Mexico sub-regions.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 2/17/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

Blacktip

331.6 mt dw
(730,425 lb dw)

59.5 mt dw
(131,226 lb dw)

18%

95.1 mt dw

(209,559 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

16.9 mt dw
(37,247 lb dw)

23%

43.7 mt dw

(96,426 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw
(26,301 lb dw)

<1.2 mt dw
(<2,700 lb dw)

<10%

4.3 mt dw

(9,542 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

<1.8 mt dw

(<4,000 lb dw)

<5%

<1.4 mt dw

(<3,185 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

<4.5 mt dw

(<10,000 lb dw)

<5%

<4.2 mt dw

(<9,424 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

<0.6 mt dw

(<1,477 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

<2.3 mt dw

(<5,000 lb dw)

<2%

1.1 mt dw

(2,477 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

N/A

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 2/17/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 25 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 2/17/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

11.4 mt dw

(25,075 lb dw)
7%

8.2 mt dw

(18,054 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

1.5 mt dw

(3,211 lb dw)
5%

4.5 mt dw

(9,904 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

22.9 mt dw

(50,594 lb dw)
9%

15.4 mt dw

(34,047 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

2.5 mt dw

(5,589 lb dw)
15%

<1.5 mt dw

(<3,461 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)
4.9 mt dw                     (10,890 lb dw) 1%

N/A

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 2/17/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)
0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 2.7 mt dw

(< 6,000 lb dw)
<1%

0 mt dw

(0 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)

24.7 mt dw

(54,543 lb dw)
5%

14.4 mt dw

(31,851 lb dw)

 

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January 1 – January 20, 2017

Posted January 26, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through January 20, 2017.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.

  • As of 1/20/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region and no retention of large coastal sharks in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/20/2017 Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016

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

Blacktip*

331.6 mt dw
(730,425 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Closed. Opens February 1, 2017

1.9 mt dw

(4,118 lb dw)

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

Aggregated Large Coastal*
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw
(158,724 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Closed. Opens February 1, 2017

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead*

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw
(26,301 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Closed. Opens February 1, 2017

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

36.0 mt dw

(79,359 lb dw)

<1.8 mt dw

(<4,000 lb dw)

<5%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Eastern Gulf of Mexico
(East of 88° W. lat. only)
Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

<4.5 mt dw

(<10,000 lb dw)

<5%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

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

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

107.3 mt dw

(236,603 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

N/A Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw

(1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

N/A

* The blacktip, aggregated LCS, and hammerhead shark management groups in the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region will open on February 1, 2017.

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.

  • As of 1/20/2017, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 25 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip*.

  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

 
Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/20/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

2.9 mt dw

(6,393 lb dw)
2%

4.1 mt dw

(8,960 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

0.2 mt dw

(435 lb dw)
1%

4.3 mt dw

(9,490 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

4.9 mt dw

(10,901 lb dw)
2%

8.1 mt dw

(17,949 lb dw)

Blacknose *

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

15.7 mt dw

(34,653 lb dw)

<2.5 mt dw

(<5,500 lb dw)
<15%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)

2.5 mt dw

(5,581 lb dw)

1%

N/A

* NOAA Fisheries implemented a retention limit of 8 blacknose shark per vessel per trip on January 13, 2017 (81 FR 90241; December 12, 2016). 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2017 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/20/2017

Percent of 2017 Quota Landings for Same Period 2016

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

Porbeagle

0 mt dw
(0 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)

7.6 mt dw

(16,673 lb dw)
2%

2.8 mt dw

(6,140 lb dw)

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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