Proposed Rule Change by NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service has filed notice of a proposed rule change which requires review by the MS Department of Marine Resources to ensure compliance with the state’s approved Coastal Program under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

 

The proposed change would adopt management measures implementing a 2021 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) recommendation prohibiting retention of North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks caught in association with ICCAT fisheries in 2022 and 2023 (Recommendation 21-09). Limited retention of shortfin mako sharks may be allowed in 2023 and future years if ICCAT determines that fishing mortality is at a low enough level North Atlantic-wide to allow retention consistent with the conservation objectives of the recommendation. This action proposes implementing a flexible shortfin mako shark retention limit with a default of zero in commercial and recreational highly migratory species (HMS) fisheries, considering several alternatives. Changes to the retention limit could only be made based on existing regulatory criteria and only if consistent with an allowable retention determination made by ICCAT pursuant to Recommendation 21-09. Research and sampling of shortfin mako sharks would be allowed on a case-by-case basis under exempted fishing permits and scientific research permits.

Any person wishing to make comments or objections to the proposed activity must submit those comments in writing to Matt Murphy by mail at the Department of Marine Resources at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530, by email at matthew.murphy@dmr.ms.gov, or by using the form below before 1:00 p.m. on the day May 9, 2022. 

Comment Submission Form

You should receive an acknowledgement of your comment from Matt Murphy by email. If you do not receive this acknowledgement, please contact matthew.murphy@dmr.ms.gov.

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