Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings and Retention Limit Update

Preliminary landings estimates for the Atlantic shark commercial fisheries from January 1 to November 17, 2017.

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 November 17, 2017. 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. The fishing seasons for all shark management groups opened on January 1, 2017, 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, 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 % of 2017 Quota

2016 Landings Through Same Reporting Period

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

% of 2017 Quota 2016 Landings Through Same Reporting Period

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

% of 2017 Quota 2016 Landings Through Same Reporting Period

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)

 

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.

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.

This notice is a courtesy to the HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery. For further information on this landings update, contact Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Guý DuBeck at 301-427-8503.