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NOAA Fisheries is Increasing the Large Coastal Shark Retention Limit

July 13, 2018

The retention limit for the commercial aggregated large coastal shark and hammerhead shark management groups for directed shark limited access permit holders in the Atlantic region will increase from 3 to 36 large coastal sharks—other than sandbar sharks —per vessel, per trip as of July 18, 2018.

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This adjustment is intended to promote equitable fishing opportunities in the Atlantic region, while allowing quota to be harvested throughout the year. All other retention limits and shark fisheries remain unchanged in the Atlantic region.

The retention limit will remain at 36 large coastal sharks—other than sandbar sharks—per vessel, per trip in the Atlantic region through the rest of the 2018 fishing season or until NOAA Fisheries announces another adjustment to the retention limit or a fishery closure. This retention limit adjustment affects anyone with a directed shark limited access permit fishing for large coastal sharks in the Atlantic region.

This notice is a courtesy to permit holders to help keep you informed about the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species fisheries. For further information, contact the Lauren Latchford, Guý DuBeck, or Karyl Brewster-Geisz at (301) 427-8503, or visit the Atlantic HMS Management Division. Official notice of federal fishery actions is made through filing notice with the Office of the Federal Register.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on July 13, 2018