Atlantic Highly Migratory Silky Shark News

The National Marine Fisheries Service announces the implementation of Recommendation 11-08 of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), which requires fishing vessels operating in ICCAT-managed fisheries to release all silky sharks. This rule will become effective November 5, 2012 and will apply to vessels fishing with pelagic longline gear and vessels that have both a Charter/Headboat and commercial shark permit and have tuna, swordfish and/or billfish onboard. For more information, please see the attached listserv and Federal Register notice or go to the HMS Management Division webpage at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/breakingnews/index.htm