2018 Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings and Retention Limit Update

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.  These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through January 26, 2018.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2018 shark research fishery participants.  We provide percentages of landings instead of estimated landings where needed to continue ensuring participant confidentiality.

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.

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

January 1 – July 13, 2018

Posted July 19, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through July 13, 2018.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 7/18/2018, 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-regions 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
Management Group
2018 Quota Estimated Landings Through 7/13/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2017

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

Blacktip*

347.2 mt dw

(765,392 lb dw)

330.2 mt dw

(727,992 lb dw)

95%

CLOSED*

206.6 mt dw

(455,535 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)

92.2 mt dw

(203,400 lb dw)

128%

CLOSED*

65.8 mt dw

(145,098 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)

11.0 mt dw

(24,292 lb dw)

92%

CLOSED*

2.5 mt dw

(5.490 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

16.3 mt dw

(35,856 lb dw)

43%

15.3 mt dw

(33,788 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)

37.5 mt dw

(82,751 lb dw)

44%

42.0 mt dw

(92,617 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)

6.2 mt dw

(13,696 lb dw)
47%

6.4 mt dw

(14,151 lb dw)
N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

27.5 mt dw

(60,731 lb dw)
24%

36.2 mt dw

(79,779 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 p.m. local time on March 13, 2018 (83 FR 10802).

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 7/18/2018, 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

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 7/13/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

45.9 mt dw

(101,245 lb dw)

27%

55.2 mt dw

(121,791 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

4.9 mt dw

(10,777 lb dw)
18%

5.0 mt dw

(10,973 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

55.1 mt dw

(121,385 lb dw)
21%

60.9 mt dw

(134,202 lb dw)

Blacknose 

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

3.4 mt dw

(7,501 lb dw)
20%

5.2 mt dw

(11,373 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)

261.4 mt dw

(576,181 lb dw)

14%

166.9 mt dw

(367,933 lb dw)

* NMFS increased the retention limit of large coastal sharks other than sandbar for all directed permit holders on July 18, 2018 (83 FR 33870; July 18, 2018).

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 7/13/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

11.2 mt dw

(24,799 lb dw)

22%

10.1 mt dw

(22,157 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

31.0 mt dw

(68,443 lb dw)
34%

38.4 mt dw

(84,619 lb dw)
Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 13.6 mt dw

(< 30,000 lb dw)

<5%

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 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)

38.1 mt dw

(83,896 lb dw)

8%

64.9 mt dw

(143,137 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.

January 1 – June 18, 2018

Posted June 21, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through June 18, 2018.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 6/18/2018, 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-regions 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
Management Group
2018 Quota Estimated Landings Through 6/18/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2017

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

Blacktip*

347.2 mt dw

(765,392 lb dw)

330.1 mt dw

(727,685 lb dw)

95%

CLOSED*

206.6 mt dw

(455,535 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)

92.2 mt dw

(203,171 lb dw)

128%

CLOSED*

65.8 mt dw

(145,098 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)

11.0 mt dw

(24,292 lb dw)

92%

CLOSED*

2.5 mt dw

(5.490 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

14.8 mt dw

(32,720 lb dw)

39%

13.0 mt dw

(28,585 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)

31.9 mt dw

(70,410 lb dw)

37%

37.8 mt dw

(83,410 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)

5.3 mt dw

(11,770 lb dw)

40%

5.0 mt dw

(10,947 lb dw)
N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

17.2 mt dw

(37,890 lb dw)

15%

31.3 mt dw

(68,933 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 p.m. local time on March 13, 2018 (83 FR 10802).

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 6/18/2018, 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

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 6/18/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

42.1 mt dw

(92,853 lb dw)

25%

52.6 mt dw

(116,048 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

4.8 mt dw

(10,552 lb dw)

18%

4.9 mt dw

(10,836 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

50.4 mt dw

(111,126 lb dw)

19%

52.5 mt dw

(115,746 lb dw)

Blacknose 

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

2.9 mt dw

(6,312 lb dw)

17%

4.7 mt dw

(10,298 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)

156.6 mt dw

(345,195 lb dw)

9%

118.2 mt dw

(260,604 lb dw)

* NMFS implemented a change in the retention limit of large coastal sharks other than sandbar for all directed permit holders on May 12, 2018 (83 FR 21744).

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 6/18/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

10.5 mt dw

(23,127 lb dw)

21%

8.6 mt dw

(18,851 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

27.3 mt dw

(60,091 lb dw)

30%

25.9 mt dw

(57,134 lb dw)

Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 13.6 mt dw

(< 30,000 lb dw)

<5%

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 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)

33.8 mt dw

(74,552 lb dw)

7%

58.5 mt dw

(129,066 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.

January 1 – May 18, 2018

Posted May 21, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through May 18, 2018.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 5/18/2018, 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-regions 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
Management Group
2018 Quota Estimated Landings Through 5/18/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2017

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

Blacktip*

347.2 mt dw

(765,392 lb dw)

330.1 mt dw

(727,685 lb dw)

95%

CLOSED*

207.2 mt dw

(456,815 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)

92.2 mt dw

(203,171 lb dw)

128%

CLOSED*

65.2 mt dw

(143,818 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)

11.0 mt dw

(24,292 lb dw)

90%

CLOSED*

2.5 mt dw

(5.541 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

9.3 mt dw

(20,530 lb dw)

25%

11.1 mt dw

(24,411 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)

24.6 mt dw

(54,244 lb dw)

29%

24.7 mt dw

(54,515 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)

3.6 mt dw

(7,994 lb dw)

27%

< 4.0 mt dw

(< 8,818 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

13.6 mt dw

(29,914 lb dw)

12%

21.4 mt dw

(47,155 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 p.m. local time on March 13, 2018 (83 FR 10802).

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 5/18/2018, 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

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 5/18/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

39.2 mt dw

(86,476 lb dw)

23%

49.3 mt dw

(108,671 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

4.4 mt dw

(9,668 lb dw)

16%

4.3 mt dw

(9,427 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

43.2 mt dw

(95,215 lb dw)
16%

47.0 mt dw

(103,674 lb dw)

Blacknose 

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

2.6 mt dw

(5,793 lb dw)
15%

4.4 mt dw

(9,743 lb dw)
Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)

70.0 mt dw

(154,309 lb dw)

4%

56.8 mt dw

(125,318 lb dw)

* NMFS implemented a change in the retention limit of large coastal sharks other than sandbar for all directed permit holders on May 12, 2018 (83 FR 21744).

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 5/18/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

9.4 mt dw

(20,727 lb dw)
19%

5.1 mt dw

(11,305 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

22.5 mt dw

(49,657 lb dw)
25%

23.4 mt dw

(51,530 lb dw)
Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 13.6 mt dw

(< 30,000 lb dw)
< 5%

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 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)

28.7 mt dw

(63,246 lb dw)
6%

53.0 mt dw

(116,923 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.

January 1 – April 13, 2018

Posted April 17, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through April 13, 2018.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 4/13/2018, 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-regions 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
Management Group
2018 Quota Estimated Landings Through 4/13/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2017

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

Blacktip*

347.2 mt dw

(765,392 lb dw)

330.1 mt dw

(727,646 lb dw)

95%

CLOSED*

199.2 mt dw

(439,153 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)

92.2 mt dw

(203,171 lb dw)

128%

CLOSED*

57.0 mt dw

(125,718 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)

11.0 mt dw

(24,292 lb dw)

90%

CLOSED*

7.3 mt dw

(16,143 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

5.5 mt dw

(12,150 lb dw)

15%

6.3 mt dw

(13,877 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)

12.5 mt dw

(27,635 lb dw)

15%

18.2 mt dw

(40,212 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)

1.2 mt dw

(2,684 lb dw)

9%

< 2.0 mt dw

(< 4,413 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

9.8 mt dw

(21,672 lb dw)

9%

11.6 mt dw

(25,478 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 p.m. local time on March 13, 2018 (83 FR 10802).

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 4/13/2018, 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

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 4/13/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

21.9 mt dw

(48,345 lb dw)

13%

48.0 mt dw

(105,757 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

2.5 mt dw

(5,581 lb dw)

9%

3.7 mt dw

(8,123  lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

33.2 mt dw

(73,125 lb dw)

13%

44.2 mt dw

(97,448 lb dw)

Blacknose 

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

2.0 mt dw

(4,317 lb dw)

11%

4.5 mt dw

(9,816 lb dw)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)

45.1 mt dw

(99,738 lb dw)

3%

33.2 mt dw

(73,163 lb dw)

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 4/13/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

6.3 mt dw

(13,860 lb dw)

13%

2.9 mt dw

(6,475 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

11.2 mt dw

(24,662 lb dw)

12%

13.9 mt dw

(30,592 lb dw)

Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 13.6 mt dw

(< 30,000 lb dw)

< 5%

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 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)

20.7 mt dw

(45,622 lb dw)

4%

38.9 mt dw

(85,652 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.

January 1 – March 15, 2018

Posted March 19, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through March 15, 2018.

Gulf of Mexico Region

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

  • As of 3/15/2018, 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-regions 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

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018 Percent of 2018 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2017

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

Blacktip*

347.2 mt dw

(765,392 lb dw) 

313.8 mt dw

(691,726 lb dw)

90%

CLOSED*

112.3 mt dw

(247,503 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)

86.0 mt dw

(189602 lb dw)

119%

CLOSED*

27.8 mt dw

(61,298 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)

9.2 mt dw

(20,226 lb dw)

77%

CLOSED*

<1.2 mt dw

(<2,700 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

< 8.6 mt dw

(< 19,000 lb dw)

< 10%

3.1 mt dw

(6,937 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)

< 8.6 mt dw

(< 19,000 lb dw)

< 10%

7.1 mt dw

(15,653 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)

< 0.9 mt dw

(<1,500 lb dw)

< 5%

< 1.4 mt dw

(< 3,000 lb dw)

N/A Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

2.5 mt dw

(5,509 lb dw)

2%

3.6 mt dw

(7,944 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 p.m. local time on March 13, 2018 (83 FR 10802).

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 3/15/2018, 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

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

9.0 mt dw

(19,751 lb dw)

5%

21.9 mt dw

(48,354 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

1.5 mt dw

(3,260 lb dw)

5%

1.9 mt dw

(4,111  lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

24.4 mt dw

(53,824 lb dw)

9%

26.5 mt dw

(58,337 lb dw)

Blacknose 

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

< 1.7 mt dw

(< 3,800 lb dw)

<10%

3.0 mt dw

(6,712 lb dw)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)

22.0 mt dw

(48,505 lb dw)

1%

9.9 mt dw

(21,864 lb dw)

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Shark Research Fishery
(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

< 4.5 mt dw

(< 11,000 lb dw)

< 10%

< 2.5 mt dw

(< 5,511 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery
(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

< 5.0 mt dw

(<10,000 lb dw)

< 5%

< 44.5 mt dw

(< 9,997 lb dw)

Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

< 13.6 mt dw

(< 30,000 lb dw)

< 5%

< 2.7 mt dw

(< 6,000 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)

18.9 mt dw

(41,647 lb dw)

4%

32.5 mt dw

(71,580 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.

January 1 – February 15, 2018

Posted February 20, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through February 15, 2018.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 2/15/2018, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the western and eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-regions.
  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.
Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018 Percent of 2018 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2017

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

Blacktip*

347.2 mt dw

(765,392 lb dw) 

132.5 mt dw

(292,218 lb dw)

38%

59.5 mt dw

(131,226 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)

36.4 mt dw

(80,353 lb dw)

51%

16.9 mt dw

(37,247 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)

< 2.0 mt dw

(< 4,000 lb dw)

< 15%

<1.2 mt dw

(<2,700 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

< 2.0 mt dw

(< 4,500 lb dw)

< 5%

<1.8 mt dw

(<4,000 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)

< 4.3 mt dw

(< 9,500 lb dw)

< 5%

<4.5 mt dw

(<10,000 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

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

1.3 mt dw

(2,821 lb dw)

<1%

<2.3 mt dw

(<5,000 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)

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 2/15/2018, 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

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

3.7 mt dw

(8,084 lb dw)

2%

11.4 mt dw

(25,075 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

0.8 mt dw

(1,830 lb dw)

3%

1.5 mt dw

(3,211  lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

14.9 mt dw

(32,811 lb dw)

6%

22.9 mt dw

(50,594 lb dw)

Blacknose 

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

< 0.9 mt dw

(< 2,000 lb dw)

<5%

<2.5 mt dw

(<5,500 lb dw)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)

7.0 mt dw

(15,460 lb dw)

1%

4.9 mt dw (10,890 lb dw)

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

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)

< 2.3 mt dw

(< 5,000 lb dw)

<1%

< 2.7 mt dw

(< 6,000 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)

10.0 mt dw

(21,957 lb dw)

2%

24.7 mt dw

(54,543 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.

 

January 1 – January 26, 2018

Posted January 31, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through January 26, 2018.

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 1/26/2018, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the western and eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-regions.
  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.
Sub-Region Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018 Percent of 2018 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2017

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

Blacktip*

347.2 mt dw

(765,392 lb dw) 

< 18.1 mt dw

(< 40,000 lb dw)

< 5%

0 mt dw

(0 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)

< 7.2 mt dw

(< 16,000 lb dw)

< 10%

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)

< 0.6 mt dw

(< 1,400 lb dw)

< 5%

0 mt dw
(0 lb dw)

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

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

<1.8 mt dw

(<4,000 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)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

<4.5 mt dw

(<10,000 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

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

< 1.0 mt dw

(< 2,000 lb dw)

<1%

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

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 1/26/2018, 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

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

Aggregated Large Coastal
(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

1.2 mt dw

(2,754 lb dw)

1%

2.9 mt dw

(6,393 lb dw)

Hammerhead
(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

< 1.4 mt dw

(< 3,000 lb dw)

<5%

0.2 mt dw

(435 lb dw)

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

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

6.3 mt dw

(13,839 lb dw)

2%

4.9 mt dw

(10,901 lb dw)

Blacknose 

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

< 0.9 mt dw

(< 2,000 lb dw)

<5%

<2.5 mt dw

(<5,500 lb dw)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw

(3,971,587 lb dw)

0.6 mt dw

(1,314 lb dw)

1%

2.5 mt dw

(5,581 lb dw)

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2018 Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/26/2018

Percent of 2018 Quota Landings for Same Period 2017

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)

< 2.3 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)

1.9 mt dw

(4,292 lb dw)

1%

7.6 mt dw

(16,673 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.