US Atlantic Shark Management Measures for Hammerhead and Oceanic whitetip sharks

Federal Register Volume 76, Number 167 (Monday, August 29, 2011)


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Highly Migratory Species;

Atlantic Shark Management Measures

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Final rule.

NMFS hereby implements the International Commission for the
Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) recommendations 10-07 and 10-08,
which prohibit the retention, transshipping, landing, storing, or
selling of hammerhead sharks in the family Sphyrnidae (except for
Sphyrna tiburo) and oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus longimanus)
caught in association with ICCAT fisheries. This rule affects the
commercial HMS pelagic longline (PLL) fishery and recreational
fisheries for tunas, swordfish, and billfish in the Atlantic Ocean,
including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. This action implements
ICCAT recommendations, consistent with the Atlantic Tunas Convention
Act (ATCA), and furthers domestic management objectives under the
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act).

DATES: Effective September 28, 2011.

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