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10/15/2021 | Press release | Archived content

Atlantic Shark Fishery Review (SHARE)

What is SHARE?

SHARE is a review of the current state of Atlantic shark fishery that may be used to develop future management measures. NOAA Fisheries examined a variety of factors affecting the fishery, including all aspects of commercial and recreational shark fisheries conservation and management, and shark depredation. As a comprehensive review of Atlantic shark fishery, the SHARE document identifies areas of success, concerns, and potential modifications to regulations and management measures in the future. The table below highlights the topics and areas analyzed.

Topic Areas Discussed
Commercial Shark Fishery
  • Shark Management Groups
    • Permit usage
    • Landings
    • Fishing effort
    • Dealers
    • Market
Recreational Shark Fishery
  • Shark endorsement
  • Fishing effort
  • Catch
    • Species interactions
    • Length frequency
    • Tournament landings
Shark Depredation
  • Overall extent of issue
  • Current data and research
  • Future research avenues
Additional Factors
Impacting the Shark
Fishery
  • Other commercial fisheries
  • State regulations (shark fin sale prohibitions)
  • Binding international recommendations (ICCAT, CITES)

There are no proposed changes to current regulations or management measures associated with SHARE. Any potential changes to HMS fishery management measures that result from this review process will be considered in future rulemakings.

Public Comment

We encourage anyone affected or otherwise interested in the general management of the Atlantic shark fishery to review the draft document. A webinar and conference call will take place on December 8, 2021. Information for registering and accessing the webinar:

December 8, 2021

2-4 pm (ET)

Meeting Link: https://noaanmfs-meets.webex.com/noaanmfs-meets/j.php?MTID=m62c9fc645e02237b23d3a83349d8c1b8

Meeting number: 2763 406 1994
Password: A26xykq3q3a
Join by phone: 1-415-527-5035
Access code: 2763 406 1994

Comments are due by January 3, 2022. You can submit comments online at the Federal e- Rulemaking Portal (search for "NOAA-NMFS-2021-0027"). For further information, contact Guý DuBeck or Karyl Brewster-Geisz at (301) 427-8503.