NOAA Fisheries announces Final rule for Amendment 11 to the 2006 consolidated highly migratory species fishery management plan.
The management measures from Amendment 11 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan will become effective on March 3, 2019.
Amendment 11 implements management measures to address overfishing and rebuild the overfished North Atlantic shortfin mako shark stock. These measures are based on the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) stock assessment that determined that shortfin mako sharks are overfished and experiencing overfishing. Management measures also reflect ICCAT Recommendation 17-08.
This final rule was crafted after considering public comments on the proposed rule and Draft Environmental Impact Statement and incorporating updated data and information.
These final measures will take effect on March 3, 2019.
Amendment 11 could affect:
- Any commercial fishermen with HMS permits.
- Any dealers who buy or sell sharks or shark products.
- Any recreational fishermen who target or catch shortfin mako sharks.
- Any tournaments that provide prize categories for shortfin mako or pelagic sharks.