Commercial Landing of Certain Shark Species prohibited until further notice

February 28th, 2010  |  Published in Industry News



The National Marine Fisheries Service will not open the 2010 fishery for Small Coastal Sharks (SCS) until further notice.  SCS species include: Atlantic Sharpnose, Finetooth, Blacknose, and Bonnethead sharks. They are rarely found in Massachusetts waters and are found primarily in waters off the southern U.S., especially in the winter. This action is taken to support the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Coastal Shark Management Plan’s objectives to prevent unlawful landing and sale. For further information please visit

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