Dusky Sharks the Focus of Fisheries Management
The National Marine Fisheries Service is taking new measures to end the overfishing of dusky sharks.
NMFS announced its final rule to implement Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP), with a range of measures affecting both commercial fishing and recreational angling.
Effective January 1, 2018, anglers should take these changes into account: All HMS permit holders fishing for sharks recreationally must obtain a shark endorsement, which requires completion of an online shark identification and fishing regulation training course, plus additional recreational fisheries outreach. Unless fishing with flies or artificial lures, all HMS permit holders with a shark endorsement must use non-offset, non-stainless-steel circle hooks when fishing for sharks south of 41° 43' N latitude (near Chatham, Massachusetts, the northern extent of dusky shark’s U.S. Atlantic range).