Atlantic Highly Migratory Dusky Shark News

On November 26, 2012, NMFS published a proposed rule (77 FR 70552) for draft Amendment 5 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) based on several shark stock assessments that were completed from 2009 to 2012. The comment period for the proposed rule closed on February 12, 2013.

After reviewing all of the documents received, we are not planning to proceed at this time with the dusky shark measures as proposed. We will address the dusky shark overfishing and rebuilding plan in a proposed separate action.  Comments received on the dusky shark portions of the November 2012 proposed rule will be considered in that action.

For more information, please see the attached listserv notice or go to the Atlantic HMS webpage at: