Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News
9/26/2013 | Posted by ckennedyTags: Commercial
NMFS Announces Closure of the Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Shark, Hammerhead Shark, Blacknose Shark, and Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Shark Management Groups in the Atlantic Region
Commercial shark dealer reports indicate that the landings for the commercial Atlantic aggregated large coastal shark (LCS) and blacknose shark management groups have reached, or are projected to reach, 80 percent of the available quota. Therefore, as required by the regulations at 50 CFR 635.28(b)(2), we are closing the commercial aggregated LCS, hammerhead shark, blacknose shark, and non-blacknose small coastal shark (SCS) management groups as of 11:30 p.m. local time September 30, 2013. From the effective date and time of the closure until and if we announce, via a notice in the Federal Register, that additional quota is available and the season is reopened, these management groups will remain closed, even across fishing years.
To read the entire NOAA notice go to this NOAA link.