NOAA – No shortfin mako sharks may be landed or retained in any U.S. Atlantic highly migratory species fishery until further notice.
This final rule establishes a shortfin mako shark retention limit of zero in the commercial and recreational Atlantic HMS fisheries. It is consistent with the management measure adopted in 2021 by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas recommendation.
If ICCAT provides for U.S. harvest in the future, NOAA Fisheries could increase the shortfin mako shark retention limit, based on regulatory criteria and the amount of retention allowed by ICCAT. Until that happens, the retention limit will remain at zero.
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