Seals & Sea Lions

Seals and sea lions belong to a group of marine mammals called pinnipeds, which means fin or flipper-footed. These animals live in the ocean, but are able to come on land for long periods of time. Some species have evolved the ability to hold their breath for up to two hours and dive to depths of more than 6,500 feet when looking for food.

There are two families of pinnipeds: Phocids and Otariids. Phocids are also known as earless seals or “true” seals. They have ear holes, but no external ear flaps. They also have small front flippers and move on land by flopping along on their bellies. At sea, these seals move their rear flippers back and forth like a fish's tail to propel themselves through the water. Phocids include the harbor seal and Hawaiian monk seal.

Otariids, also known as eared seals, include sea lions and fur seals such as the Steller sea lion and the northern fur seal. Unlike true seals, they have external ear flaps. Their front flippers are large, and on land, they are able to bring all four flippers underneath their bodies and walk on them. Otariids propel themselves in the water by paddling their front flippers and using their rear flippers to steer. 

All seals and sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and some are also listed under the Endangered Species Act. Together with our partners, we work to study, protect, and conserve these unique marine mammals and their habitats.

 


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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 throughout the year. The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2021 shark research fishery participants. We provide percentages of landings instead of estimated landings or show the "<" symbol 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 available overall, regional, and/or sub-regional quota, unless the management group’s landings are not projected to reach 100 percent of the applicable quota before the end of the year.  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 available overall, regional, and/or sub-regional quota, unless the management group’s landings are not projected to reach 100 percent of the applicable quota before the end of the year.

The fishing seasons for all shark management groups opened on January 1, 2021.

January 1 - November 12

Posted November 23

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of November 12, 2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS), other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip in both the western and eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-regions.1
  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 11/12/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

228.6 mt

(503,264 ‌lb)‌

66%

226.1 mt

(498,590 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

66.9 mt

(147,445 lb)

 

 

93%

CLOSED*

 

 

83.3 mt

(183,717 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

< 3.8 mt

(< 8,500 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt 

(83,158 lb)

 

16.9 mt

(37,171 lb)

 

45%

 4.3 mt

(9,363 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

52.0 mt

(112,319 lb)

 

61%

71.1 mt

(156,788 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

5.7 mt

(12,568 lb)

43%

< 3.4 mt

(< 7,500 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

36.8 mt

(81,070 lb)

 

33%

59.7 mt

(131,707 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

1.4 mt

(3,114 lb)

1 Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark fisheries closed, 11:30 p.m. local time, March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

2 The retention limit increased from 45 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip on August 24, 2021 (86 FR 47395, August 25, 2021)."

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of  November 3, 2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip.3
  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota (dressed weight, dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 11/12/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

67.8 mt

(149,511 lb)

40%

87.7 mt

(193,264 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

16.7 mt

(36,736 lb)

 

62%

16.8 mt

(37,139 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt

(582,333 lb)

77.3 mt

(170,412 lb)

29%

97.8 mt

(215,537 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt

(37,921 lb)

6.1 mt

(13,427 lb)

35%

4.7 mt

(10,310 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt 

(3,973,902 lb)

 

348.2 mt

(767,723 lb)

 

19%

263.6 mt  

(581,170 lb)

3 Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management group retention limit in the Atlantic region increased from 36 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip for all directed permit holders on March 23, 2021 (86 FR 16075; March 23, 2021). 

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 10/8/2021

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

7.6 mt

(16,804 lb)

15%

9.8 mt

(21,528 lb)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb )

49.0 mt

(108,131 lb)

54%

18.3 mt

(40,249 lb)

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

< 1.0 mt

(< 2,200 lb)

0%

0 mt 

(0 lb)

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

<1.0 mt

(<2,200 lb)

<5%

0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb )

34.2 mt

(75,468 lb)

7%

41.4 mt

(91,261 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 - October 8

Posted November 4

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of November 3, 2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS), other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip in both the western and eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-regions.1
  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Sub-Region

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 10/8/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

225.6 mt

(497,271‌ ‌lb)‌

65%

223.1 mt

(491,750 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

66.9 mt

(147,445 lb)

 

 

93%

CLOSED*

 

 

81.6 mt

(179,958 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

< 3.6 mt

(< 8,000 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt 

(83,158 lb)

 

16.8 mt

(36,983 lb)

 

44%

 4.0 mt

(8,809 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

50.9 mt

(112,319 lb)

 

60%

66.2 mt

(146,047 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

5.7 mt

(12,567 lb)

43%

< 3.4 mt

(< 7,500 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

35.8 mt

(78,997 lb)

 

32%

46.3 mt

(102,034 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

1.4 mt

(3,114 lb)

1 Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark fisheries closed, 11:30 p.m. local time, March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

2 The retention limit increased from 45 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip on August 24, 2021 (86 FR 47395, August 25, 2021)."

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of  November 3, 2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip, and the retention limit for all permit holders is 8 blacknose sharks per vessel per trip.3
  • The retention limit for directed permit holders can change throughout the season.

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota (dressed weight, dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 10/8/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

59.7 mt

(131,658 lb)

35%

54.7 mt

(120,663 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

13.3 mt

(29,260 lb)

 

49%

13.6 mt

(30,018 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt

(582,333 lb)

58.5 mt

(129,074 lb)

22%

64.7 mt

(142,611 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt

(37,921 lb)

5.4 mt

(11,981 lb)

32%

4.0 mt

(8,848 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt  (3,973,902 lb)

305.3 mt                                                           (673,045 lb)

 

17%

231.8 mt                       

(510,957 lb)

3 Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management group retention limit in the Atlantic region increased from 36 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip for all directed permit holders on March 23, 2021 (86 FR 16075; March 23, 2021). 

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 10/8/2021

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

7.6 mt

(16,804 lb)

15%

5.3 mt

(11,792 lb)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb )

49.0 mt

(108,131 lb)

54%

< 13.6 mt

(< 30,000 lb)

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

< 1.0 mt

(< 2,200 lb)

0%

< 18.1 mt 

(< 40,000 lb)

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

<1.0 mt

(<2,200 lb)

<5%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb )

31.7 mt

(69,894 lb)

6.5%

33.8 mt

(74,442 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 - September 17

Posted October 6

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 9/17/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 45 large coastal sharks (LCS) other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 9/17/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

222.6 mt

(490,693 lb)

64%

217.6 mt

(479,783 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

66.9 mt

(147,445 lb)

 

 

93%

CLOSED*

 

 

81.4 mt

(179,554 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

< 3.0 mt

(< 6,500 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt 

(83,158 lb)

 

15.3 mt

(33,800 lb)

 

41%

 3.9 mt

(8,627 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

49.7 mt

(109,566 lb)

 

58%

63.1 mt

(139,122 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

5.7 mt

(12,567 lb)

43%

< 3.4 mt

(< 7,500 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

31.8 mt

(70,172 lb)

 

28%

38.7 mt

(85,344 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

1.4 mt

(3,114 lb)

* Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark fisheries closed, 11:30 p.m. local time, March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

** The retention limit increased from 45 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip on August 24, 2021 (86 FR 47395, August 25, 2021)."

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 9/17/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight, dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 9/17/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

53.5 mt

(117,960 lb)

32%

50.0 mt

(110,334 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

12.2 mt

(26,842 lb)

 

45%

12.3 mt

(27,184 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt

(582,333 lb)

52.4 mt

(115,473 lb)

20%

58.7 mt

(129,465 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt

(37,921 lb)

5.3 mt

(11,787 lb)

31%

3.6 mt

(7,934 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt  (3,973,902 lb)

272.3 mt                                                           (600,339 lb)

 

15%

169.5 mt                          

(373,763 lb)

* The Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management group retention limit increased from 36 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip for all directed permit holders on March 23, 2021 (86 FR 16075; March 23, 2021). 

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 9/17/2021

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

7.4 mt

(16,304 lb)

15%

< 5.0 mt

(< 11,000 lb)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb )

49.0 mt

(108,131 lb)

54%

< 13.6 mt

(< 30,000 lb)

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

< 1.0 mt

(< 2,200 lb)

0%

0 mt 

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

<1.0 mt

(<2,200 lb)

<5%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb )

30.3 mt

(66,738 lb)

6%

32.5 mt

(71,610 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 - August 13

Posted October 6

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 8/13/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 45 large coastal sharks (LCS) other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 8/13/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

216.9 mt

(478,078 lb)

63%

214.8 mt

(473,614 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

66.9 mt

(147,445 lb)

 

 

93%

CLOSED*

 

 

81.2 mt

(178,910 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

< 2.3 mt

(< 5,000 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt 

(83,158 lb)

 

14.6 mt

(32,231 lb)

 

39%

 3.8 mt

(8,294 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

43.7 mt

(96,431 lb)

 

51%

58.6 mt

(129,136 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

5.7 mt

(12,538 lb)

43%

< 3.4 mt

(< 7,500 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

30.1 mt

(66,434 lb)

 

27%

35.9 mt

(79,124 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

1.4 mt

(3,114 lb)

* Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark fisheries closed, 11:30 p.m. local time, March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of8/13/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight, dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 8/13/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

47.1 mt

(103,796 lb)

28%

44.2 mt

(97,347 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

11.8 mt

(26,070 lb)

 

44%

11.4 mt

(25,042 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt

(582,333 lb)

40.2 mt

(88,578 lb)

15%

53.4 mt

(117,735 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt

(37,921 lb)

5.0 mt

(10,961 lb)

29%

3.1 mt

(6,784 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt  (3,973,902 lb)

230.9 mt                                         (509,053 lb)

 

13%

144.4 mt                          

(318,439 lb)

* The Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management group retention limit increased from 36 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip for all directed permit holders on March 23, 2021 (86 FR 16075; March 23, 2021). 

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 8/13/2021

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

6.3 mt

(13,850 lb)

13%

< 2.5 mt

(< 5,500 lb)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb )

43.4 mt

(95,785 lb)

48%

< 4.5 mt

(< 10,000 lb)

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

< 1.0 mt

(< 2,200 lb)

0%

0 mt 

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

<1.0 mt

(<2,200 lb)

<5%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb )

28.3 mt

(62,354 lb)

6%

31.4 mt

(69,220 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 - July 9

Posted July 20, 2021

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 7/9/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 45 large coastal sharks (LCS) other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 7/9/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

210.7 mt

(464,554 lb)

61%

204.4 mt

(450,612 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

66.6 mt

(146,851 lb)

 

 

93%

CLOSED*

 

 

78.9 mt

(173,959 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

< 2.3 mt

(< 5,000 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt 

(83,158 lb)

 

8.6 mt

(18,858 lb)

 

23%

 3.5 mt

(7,726 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

38.1 mt

(84,047 lb)

 

45%

50.9 mt dw

(112,266 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

5.7 mt

(12,458 lb)

42%

< 2.7 mt

(< 6,000 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

23.1 mt

(50,911 lb)

 

21%

25.2 mt

(55,563 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

1.4 mt

(3,114 lb)

* Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark fisheries closed, 11:30 p.m. local time, March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 7/9/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight, dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 7/9/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

38.7 mt

(85,317 lb)

23%

36.8 mt

(81,217 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

10.2 mt

(22,542 lb)

 

38%

10.6 mt

(23,340 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt

(582,333 lb)

32.8 mt

(72,243 lb)

12%

44.0 mt

(96,939)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt

(37,921 lb)

4.8 mt

(10,617 lb)

28%

2.2 mt

(4,801 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt  (3,973,902 lb)

192.8 mt                      (425,130 lb)

 

11%

2.6 mt                          

(5,753 lb)

* The Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management group retention limit increased from 36 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip for all directed permit holders on March 23, 2021 (86 FR 16075; March 23, 2021). 

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 7/9/2021

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

5.0 mt

(11,129 lb)

10%

< 2.5 mt

(< 5,500 lb)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb )

35.4 mt

(78,074 lb)

39%

< 4.5 mt

(< 10,000 lb)

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

< 1.0 mt

(< 2,200 lb)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb )

25.2 mt

(55,566 lb)

5%

28.8 mt

(63,485 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 11

Posted June 16, 2021

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 6/11/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 45 large coastal sharks (LCS) other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 6/11/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

208.3 mt

(459,147 lb)

60%

200.4 mt

(441,834 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

66.6 mt

(146,851 lb)

 

 

93%

CLOSED*

 

 

78.9 mt

(173,959 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

< 1.8 mt

(< 4,000 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt 

(83,158 lb)

 

7.0 mt

(15,462 lb)

 

19%

< 3.8 mt

(< 8,500 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

34.5 mt

(76,071 lb)

 

40%

45.3 mt dw

(99,861 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

5.6 mt

(12,339 lb)

42%

< 2.7 mt

(< 6,000 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

14.4 mt

(31,661 lb)

 

13%

19.0 mt

(41,979 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

1.5 mt

(3,197 lb)

* Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark fisheries closed, 11:30 p.m. local time, March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 6/11/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight, dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 6/11/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

31.3 mt

(68,910 lb)

19%

29.8 mt

(65,712 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

8.5 mt

(18,829 lb)

 

32%

9.9 mt

(21,809 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt

(582,333 lb)

29.9 mt

(65,838 lb)

11%

38.3 mt

(84,340 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt

(37,921 lb)

4.6 mt

(10,046 lb)

26%

2.2 mt

(4,801 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt  (3,971,587 lb)

136.1 mt             

(300,145 lb)

 

8%

95.8 mt                          

(211,160 lb)

* The Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management group retention limit increased from 36 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip for all directed permit holders on March 23, 2021 (86 FR 16075; March 23, 2021). 

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 6/11/2021

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

3.3 mt

(7,269 lb)

7%

< 2.5 mt

(< 5,500 lb)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb )

30.3 mt

(66,724 lb)

33%

< 4.5 mt

(< 10,000 lb)

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

< 1.0 mt

(< 2,200 lb)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

< 1%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb )

19.0 mt

(41,861 lb)

4%

25.2 mt

(55,656 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 21

Posted May 27, 2021

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 5/21/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 45 large coastal sharks (LCS)
    other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 5/21/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

205.4 mt

(452,744 lb)

59%

195.0 mt

(429,870 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

66.6 mt

(146,851 lb)

 

 

93%

CLOSED*

 

 

76.5 mt

(169,501 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

< 1.8 mt

(< 4,000 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt 

(83,158 lb)

 

4.7 mt

(10,257 lb)

 

12%

< 3.8 mt

(< 8,500 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

32.2 mt

(70,984 lb)

 

37%

34.6 mt

(76,382 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

5.6 mt

(12,267 lb)

42%

< 2.7 mt

(< 6,000 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

11.6 mt

(25,545 lb)

 

10%

8.6 mt

(19,004 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

1.4 mt

(3,144 lb)

* Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark fisheries closed, 11:30 p.m. local time, March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 5/21/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders remains at 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight, dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 5/21/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

25.9 mt

(57,057 lb)

15%

21.2 mt

(46,692 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

7.6 mt

(16,798 lb)

 

28%

8.0 mt

(17,646 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt

(582,333 lb)

27.6 mt

(60,886 lb)

10.5%

33.0 mt

(72,841 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt

(37,921 lb)

4.3 mt

(9,582 lb)

25%

2.0 mt

(4,477 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt  (3,971,587 lb)

73.2 mt              

(161,395 lb)

 

4%

28.2 mt           

(62,079 lb)

* The Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management group retention limit increased from 36 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip for all directed permit holders on March 23, 2021 (86 FR 16075; March 23, 2021). 

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 5/21/2021

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

< 3.0 mt

(< 6,600 lb)

< 6%

< 2.5 mt

(< 5,500 lb)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb )

< 20 mt

(< 44,100 lb)

< 22%

< 4.5 mt

(< 10,000 lb)

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb )

15.1 mt

(33,286 lb)

3%

19.8 mt

(43,629 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 16

Posted April 27, 2021

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 4/22/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks (LCS) other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in both 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 4/16/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

203.4 mt

(448,362 lb)

59%

194.3 mt

(428,268 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

66.6 mt

(146,851 lb)

 

 

93%

CLOSED*

 

 

76.5 mt

(168,638 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

< 1.8 mt

(< 4,000 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt 

(83,158 lb)

 

3.2 mt

(7,024 lb)

 

<8%

< 2.7 mt

(< 8,500 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

22.1 mt

(48,790 lb)

 

26%

28.3 mt

(62,479 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

<4.0 mt

(<8,800 lb)

<30%

<2.7 mt

(<6,000 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

9.1 mt

(20,117 lb)

 

8%

7.9 mt

(17,428 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

1.4 mt

(3,144 lb)

* Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark fisheries closed, 11:30 p.m. local time, March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 4/22/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight, dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 4/16/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

17.7 mt

(39,129 lb)

11%

15.7 mt

(34,535 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

2.9 mt

(6,310 lb)

 

11%

5.5 mt

(12,210 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt

(582,333 lb)

25.1 mt

(55,313 lb)

9.5%

25.1 mt

(55,231 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt

(37,921 lb)

4.2 mt

(9,208 lb)

24%

1.5 mt

(3,349 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt  (3,971,587 lb)

19.5 mt                     

(43,013 lb)

 

1%

14.0 mt                    

(30,900 lb)

* The Aggregated LCS and hammerhead shark management group retention limit increased from 36 to 55 LCS, other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip for all directed permit holders on March 23, 2021 (86 FR 16075; March 23, 2021). 

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 4/16/2021

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

< 2.0 mt

(< 4,400 lb)

< 4%

< 2.5 mt

(< 5,500 lb)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb )

< 8.0 mt

(< 17,600 lb)

< 9%

< 4.5 mt

(< 10,000 lb)

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb )

6.2 mt

(13,633 lb)

1%

15.3 mt

(33,711 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 12

Posted March 17, 2021

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 1/1/2021, 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 3/12/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt dw (765,392 lb dw)

187.2 mt

(412,604 lb)

54%

146.4 mt

(322,853 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw

(158,724 lb dw)

64.8 mt

(142,943 lb)

 

 

90%

CLOSED*

 

 

61.8 mt

(136,199 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw

(26,301 lb dw)

<1.5 mt

(<3,300 lb)

 

<12%

CLOSED*

 

 

<1.0 mt

(<1,500 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

 

<3.0 mt

(<6,600 lb)

 

<8%

<2.0 mt

(<4,500 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

 

10.8 mt

(23,875 lb)

 

13%

21.4 mt

(47,163 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

<2.7 mt

(<6,000 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

 

5.6 mt

(12,456 lb)

 

5%

5.5 mt

(12,106 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw (1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

< 5.4 mt dw

(< 12,000 lb dw)

* The aggregated large coastal sharks and hammerhead shark fisheries closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on March 8, 2021 (86 FR 13491; March 9, 2021).

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 1/1/2021, 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

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 3/12/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

(372,552 lb dw)

9.5 mt

(20,866 lb)

6%

10.8 mt

(23,842 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736 lb dw)

 

1.7 mt

(3,807 lb)

 

6%

4.9 mt 

(10,725 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

15.6 mt

(34,339 lb)

6%

23.7 mt

(52,141 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

2.3 mt

(5,132 lb )

14%

1.1 mt

(2,356 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw (3,971,587 lb dw)

9.2 mt

(20,362 lb )

 

<1%

11.7 mt

(25,703 lb)

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 3/12/2021

% of 2020 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt dw

(3,748 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt dw

(1,075,856 lb dw)

2.2 m

(4,769 lb )

<1%

9.3 mt

(20,613 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 19

Posted April 27, 2021

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west of 25° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 1/1/2021, the retention limit for directed permit holders is 45 large coastal sharks (LCS), other than sandbar sharks, per vessel per trip in both 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings Through 4/16/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

 347.2 mt 

(765,392 lb)

81.2 mt

(178,973 lb)

23%

68.3 mt dw

(150,472 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt 

(158,724 lb)

<40.0 mt

(<88,100 lb)

 

 

<60%

 

 

27.3 mt dw

(60,270 lb dw)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt 

(26,301 lb)

<1.0 mt

(<2,000 lb)

 

<1%

 

 

<1.0 mt dw

(<1,500 lb dw)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt

(83,158 lb)

 

<1.0 mt

(<2,200 lb)

 

<5%

<2.0 mt dw

(<4,500 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt 

(188,593 lb)

 

8.8 mt

(19,414 lb)

 

10%

13.8 mt dw

(30,505 lb dw)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt

(29,421 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

<1.4 mt dw

(<3,000 lb dw)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt

(248,215 lb)

 

<3 mt

(<6,600 lb)

 

5%

2.8 mt dw

(6,243 lb dw)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt

(1,112,441 lb)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

< 5.4 mt dw

(< 12,000 lb dw)

 

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 1/1/2021, 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

2021

Quota (dressed weight,
dw)

Estimated Landings

Through 4/16/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt 

(372,552 lb)

7.8 mt

(17,228 lb)

5%

4.8 mt

(10,493 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt

(59,736 lb)

 

<1.4 mt

(<3,000 lb)

 

<5%

<2.7 mt 

(<6,000 lb)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt 

(582,333 lb)

13.3 mt

(29,361 lb)

5%

9.8 mt

(21,648 lb)

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt 

(37,921 lb)

<2.0 mt

(<4,400 lb)

<11%

<0.9 mt

(<2,000 lb)

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt

(3,971,587 lb )

4.5 mt

(9,939 lb)

<1%

2.1 mt

(4,559 lb)

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

4/16/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt 

(110,230 lb)

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt 

(199,943 lb)

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Blue

273.0 mt 

(601,856 lb)

0 mt 

(0 lb )

0%

0 mt 

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt 

(3,748 lb)

0 mt 

(0 lb )

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt 

(1,075,856 lb)

1.9 mt

(4,281 lb)

<1%

3.6 mt

(7,875 lb)

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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 29

Posted February 5, 2021

Gulf of Mexico Region

  • Includes any landings south and west 25 ° 20.4’ N. long.
  • As of 1/1/2021, 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

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings Through 1/29/2021 (dw)

% of 2020 Quota

2020 Landings

Through same reporting period (dw)

Western

Gulf of Mexico

(West of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

347.2 mt dw (765,392 lb dw)

36.9 mt

(81,388 lb)

11%

12.9 mt

(28,485 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

72.0 mt dw

(158,724 lb dw)

<20.0 mt

(<44,100 lb)

<30%

 

<6.8 mt

(<15,000 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

11.9 mt dw

(26,301 lb dw)

<1.0 mt

(<2,000 lb)

<1%

0 mt

(0 lb)

 

Eastern

Gulf of Mexico

(East of 88° W. lat. only)

Blacktip

37.7 mt dw

(83,158 lb dw)

<1.0 mt

(<2,000 lb)

 

<5%

<1.9 mt

(<4,200 lb)

Aggregated Large Coastal (quota linked to Hammerhead)

85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)

5.7 mt

(12,622 lb)

 

7%

9 mt

(17,765 lb)

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)

0 mt

(0 lb)

< 0%

<0.5 mt

(1,400 lb)

N/A

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)

<3 mt

(<6,600 lb)

 

<5%

<1.4 mt

(<3,000 lb)

N/A

Smoothhound

504.6 mt dw (1,112,441 lb dw)

0 mt

(0 lb)

0%

< 5.4 mt dw

(< 12,000 lb dw)

 

Atlantic Region

  • Includes any landings north of 25° 20.4’ N. lat.
  • As of 1/1/2021, 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

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 1/29/2021 (dw)

% of 2021 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period (dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal

(quota linked to Hammerhead)

168.9 mt dw

(372,552 lb dw)

4.7 mt

(10,280 lb)

2.8%

2.2 mt

(4,847 lb )

Hammerhead

(quota linked to Agg. LCS)

27.1 mt dw

(59,736 lb dw)

<1.4 mt

(<3,000 lb)

 

<5%

<1.4 mt 

(<3,000 lb )

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal

(quota linked to Blacknose south of 34° N. lat. only)

264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)

9.6 mt

(21,169 lb)

3.6%

4.0 mt

(8,873 lb )

Blacknose

(South of 34° N. lat. only)

17.2 mt dw

(37,921 lb dw)

<0.9 mt

(<2,000 lb )

<5%

<0.9 mt

(<2,000 lb )

Smoothhound

1,802.6 mt dw (3,971,587 lb dw)

3.1 mt

(6,891 lb )

 

<1%

0.9 mt

(2,077 lb )

 

No Regional Quotas

Shark Management Group

2021

Quota

Estimated Landings

Through 1/29/2021

% of 2020 Quota

2020 Landings through same reporting period

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Blue

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0 mt dw

(0 lb )

Porbeagle

1.7 mt dw

(3,748 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0%

0.0 mt

(0 lb )

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt dw

(1,075,856 lb dw)

1.6 mt

(3,580 lb )

<1%

0.4 mt

(4,681 lb )

 

Species in Each Shark Management Group that Has Multiple Species

Aggregated Large Coastal

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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